Having a Baby in Germany, Part Two: Midwives and Doctors Appointments

Moriah's U3 Apointment

Children in Germany generally have nine check-ups with a doctor- the first taking place immediately after birth, the last one happening around the time they are 5 years old. In addition, there is also an adolescence check-up when they are 12 or 13 years old. These appointments, or Vorsorgeuntersuchungen, are commonly referred to as U1, U2, U3 and so on, and are recorded in a little yellow booklet- similar to the Mutterpass- that the child is given at the first appointment. The front cover of the booklet contains the exact dates that each appointment should take place, according to their age. You can read more about what happens at each appointment here.

Moriah’s U1 was completed the night she was born; her U2 took place in the hospital right before we went home when she was three days old. Her U3 appointment didn’t take place until she was weeks old, but that doesn’t mean we were on our own until then…

Enter the midwife.

Moriah gets weighed by our midwife

In Germany it is standard care to have a midwife visit at your home after the birth of a child. The midwife will weigh the baby to make sure they are gaining weight, check the health of the mom, offer breast feeding support, and answer questions the new family may have related to the baby, parenting, etc. Those with the standard German health insurance are entitled to visits paid by insurance every day for the first 10 days of the child’s life and then as needed after that- generally up to 16 more visits. The midwives are also on call 24/7 and you can call them whenever you need. How wonderful is that! As we don’t have the standard German health insurance and we therefore paying out of pocket for these visits we chose to only schedule visits when we felt we needed them which ended up being a total of three visits- once before the baby was born to meet the midwife / ask some questions about German birthing procedures, once two days after we got home from the hospital, and the final one about a week later when I needed some help with an infection I got related to nursing. Even with just the three visits, I found it to be a great help to have someone available to answer questions when things got challenging with nursing, and a nice reassurance when our girl was weighed and it was confirmed she was doing well. It was also great that the midwife came to our home- especially since Moriah was born in winter!

4 Responses to “Having a Baby in Germany, Part Two: Midwives and Doctors Appointments”

  1. Emily writes:

    That’s awesome about the midwife visits. I so could’ve used that when mine were babies. It will get easier to get out of the house as she gets bigger and begins to feed a little less frequently. Mine were frequent feeders, also, and I gather from what you’ve written that you have had some of the same nursing issues I had. Hang in there and let me know if you need moral support. I hear you on the stroller-friendly tram stops—-that was a challenge when I first got here, too!

  2. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Thanks Emily! Yes, we have had our share of nursing issues and Moriah does nurse very often- still every 2 hours or so. It can definitely be challenging some times! We’re hanging in there though. Trying to remember that this part of her life only lasts a short time so I need to just submit to it and enjoy having her so small. (The first 3 months have already gone by so quickly!). 🙂

  3. Raluca writes:

    I am 6 weeks pregnant with my first baby, my husband and I moved to Germany in Febr 2012. I am very nervous about the whole process, completely new experience and new country too! Came across your blog while trying to find out more info about birthing in Germany. Great information. Thank you and blessings to you and your bundle of joy!

  4. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    congrats! enjoy the journey! glad I could be of help! 🙂

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