We can divide the whole process into three stages:
i. Preparation for the birth
ii. The birth itself
iii. Neonatal care and post-partum recovery
Preparation for the birth
In order to determine whether the supervisions and examinations, which were carried out earlier, are in conformity with the standards of the private hospitals in Lisbon, our doctor (obstetrician-gynaecologist) will consult you on this issue.
We will translate your medical records and send it to your future doctor in the Lisbon hospital and we will arrange your first visit.
We will also help you with obtaining the proper type of visa for medical treatment on invitation of the Lisbon hospital.
We will meet you at the airport with an executive-class car and transfer you to the hotel/apartment/house.
According to the requirement of airlines a pregnant woman can board the plane up to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
During 4 weeks before the birth, beginning from the 36th week, you will be under supervision of an obstetrician-gynaecologist in Lisbon hospital, which includes the following:
- 1st physician consultation
- Blood/urine tests:
|CBC/platelets||SGOT||Urine culture (aseptic urine)||Ac IgG cytomegalovirus|
|Uric acid||Alkaline phosphotase||HIV I/II||Ac IgM cytomegalovirus|
|LDH||Creatinine||HTLV I/II||Ac IgG rubella|
|SGPT||Prothrombin time (Quick)||Ac HBc||Ac IgМ rubella|
|Fasting glucose/glucose||APTT||VDRL||Аc IgG/ IgМ toxoplasmosis|
|Total proteins||Blood group confirmation||Ag HBs||Group B streptococcus exudates vaginal/anal|
|YGT||Urea||HCV||Vaginal exudate microbiology|
- Ultrasound Doppler
- Tour of maternity services at the hospital
37 weeks: 2nd physician consultation ,CTG, pediatric pre-natal consultation (optional)
38 weeks: 3rd physician consultation, CTG, ultrasound exam in consultation
39 weeks: 4th physician consultation, CTG
40 weeks: 5th physician consultation, CTG
You will be accompanied by a Russian speaking coordinator.
For your comfort we would advise you to pack the mother’s back and the baby’s bag separately:
1) for the mother
- ID document; health system benefit card or health insurance (when applicable);
- mother’s pregnancy booklet and the results of tests done during pregnancy;
- night dresses (four, which preferably open at the front), robe and slippers;
- nursing bras and discs;
- panties (preferably disposable) and post partum girdle (if recommended by obsterician);
- personal hygiene items, including sanitary pads.
2) for the baby
- Your baby’s clothes should be cotton, wool or linen (depending on the season), soft, without elastic and easy to wash and put on. Baby clothes should include undershirts or bodysuits, tights or pants with feet, babygrows or overalls, coat, socks or booties, wolly hat.
- You should bring at least two full changes for every day, for an average stay of two days for vaginal births and three days for c-sections. Place the baby’s clothes in different bags and mark them with the planned day and change (e.g. 1st day – 1st change, 1st day – 2nd change, etc.) Each should include all of the items necessary for a full change.
- Personal hygiene items, including nail scissors or a disposable nail file and diapers.
The birth itself
After dealing with administrative matters for admission, expectant mothers are accompanied to the dilation room. Take only the first change for your baby and the stem cell kit (if you opted to do this). If you want to, and there are no contraindications, you can walk around the room or use a fitness ball to relax.
In the case of normal delivery up to 2 days of hospitalization and in the case of cesarean section are included within 3 days of hospitalization. All medications, including epidural, and consumables, nursery, inpatient care, meals, physician tem fees, the delivery block, recovery, which are routinely provided for a normal low risk childbirth are included. One companion may stay with the mother in the ward with an additional cost per night with breakfast included.
During your stay in the dilation room, you will be monitored by nurses specialized in maternal health and obstetrics. Fetuses are monitored during labor so as to detect any sign that the baby may be in distress.
Painkillers during labor are provided by the anesthesiologists in the delivery room. However, whether they are used or not is your choice.
All newborns are observed after the birth by a pediatrician – neonatologist.
Services for the newborn:
- evaluation of newborn following delivery by neonatology;
- evaluation of newborn during hospitalization by neonatology;
- hearing screening;
- national vaccination plan (BCG+ Hepatitis);
- analyses: Newborn Study Human78;
- heel prick test for rare genetic diseases (Sickle cell disease, Cystic fibrosis, Phenylketonuria, Hypothyroidism, Medium-chain acyl Co-A dehydrogenase deficiency);
- consultation of pediatrics – 2 weeks after birth.
If the newborn experiences any health problems that require inpatient care, it will be recorded as an additional event following birth. All resulting services would be charged in addition to the birth. If the newborn requires admission to the neonatal special care unit, an additional deposit will be required, corresponding to approximately 4 days of hospitalization.
Services for the mother post-partum:
- a post–partum OB/GYN consultation may be scheduled to occur between 2-4 weeks following delivery;
- ultrasound investigation (pack w/vaginal and abdominal)
After the birth, mothers and babies stay in the delivery room until they are ready to be transferred to their rooms. Mothers are also given a light meal in the delivery room.
We support the view that breastfeeding provides the best way of meeting the nutritional and emotional needs of the baby. Whenever a mother decides to breastfeed, the baby is placed next to the breast as soon as possible.
In the delivery ward (dilation room, delivery room, c-section room, recovery room, other rooms/areas) mothers may be accompanied by their partner.
After giving birth
Mothers stay in private rooms with a bathroom. Babies stay with their mothers, except when babies require special neonatal care. As long as there are no contraindications, the father, or in the absence of the father, a substitute chosen by the mother, may accompany her and the baby during time spent in the hospital.
Visitors can be received between 10.00 and 22.00.
On average, hospitalization will last for two days for vaginal births and three days for c-sections.
Any complications which require additional services, tests, diagnostic procedures, days of hospitalization, surgical interventions, specialist appointments, medications will be charged extra.