Pregnant women will receive medical care. The course of the pregnancy and your child’s development will be monitored. This will include regular examinations (e.g. blood tests, urine tests and ultrasound examinations), preparation for the birth, the delivery itself and postnatal care. If you are pregnant, the doctor treating you will give you a maternity record (Mutterpass) to record individual appointment dates and times for examinations. Deliveries are assisted by male and female midwives and also by doctors. Midwives are also important contacts before and after the birth.
After the birth of their child, parents will generally be given an examination record describing in detail when specific examinations are due.
Important: Please keep this examination record in a safe place and bring it with you every time your child visits a doctor!
There is provision for several examinations for children up to six years of age. The first examination is carried out immediately after birth. Metabolism and functioning of the sensory organs (e.g. hearing and sight), breathing, digestion and musculature are checked. Attention is given to any developmental or behavioural abnormalities.
An additional examination is recommended for adolescents between 12 and 14 years of age. The purpose of this is to detect any problems with the young person’s physical or mental development. The doctor will measure height, weight and blood pressure, among other things.
These examinations are important to promote the healthy development of your child. Therefore please make sure you attend all examination appointments!