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Affordable maternity care comes to Polokwane

The Birthing Team, an affordable maternity care programme that offers quality care in private hospital facilities for a fixed all-inclusive fee, is now offering its services at Netcare Pholoso Hospital in Polokwane.

With teams already operating at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, Netcare Femina Hospital in Pretoria and JMH City Hospital in Durban, women without medical aid, as well as those with contracted health insurance plans, can sign up to the programme.

“To keep our prices as low as possible, it is important to do all the necessary tests and build a relationship with the patient over the duration of her pregnancy – this makes it easier to pick up any potential complications early. Complex cases can then be referred to specialists,” says Dr Howard Manyonga, Head of The Birthing Team. “It is best for women to join the programme from 11 weeks to ensure they get the benefit of all the consultations offered as part of the programme.”

The team of multidisciplinary health professionals, including midwives and obstetricians, actively work together to promote comprehensive and proactive care. The programme includes eight antenatal visits – six with a midwife and two with an obstetrician. After birth there are follow-up visits at three days, ten days and six weeks, ensuring both baby and mother are doing well.

The programme only performs caesarean sections if clinically necessary, as determined by a Birthing Team doctor; “We are committed to natural births by normal vaginal delivery, this is better for the long-term health of mothers and babies,” says Manyonga.

The fee is based on the outcomes of the first assessment, which costs R1 999, this must be paid up front. “Taking the cost of local service providers into account, different teams have different prices. In Polokwane, the fee for the full programme, including the first assessment, starts at R23 499,” says Manyonga.

Due to the proactive nature of the programme, women who are more than 26 weeks pregnant do not qualify. Regardless of when patients join the programme, the fee, determined at the first assessment, remains the same.

“Netcare Pholoso Hospital is pleased to be partnering with The Birthing Team to offer this end-to-end maternity service,” says Fabion Bennett, General Manager of Netcare Pholoso Hospital.

“We are always looking at ways we can provide the community in and around Polokwane with the most accessible and effective care possible, particularly within such important areas of healthcare as maternity services. We believe that this partnership with The Birthing Team will strengthen maternity care for expectant mothers without medical aid, as well as those with contracted health insurance plans, and assist in improving maternal outcomes in the Polokwane region,” adds Bennett.

Interested mothers should contact The Birthing Team as early into their pregnancy as possible to book their first scan. Regular check-ups take place in well-equipped consulting rooms and delivery takes place in the hospital’s maternity ward.

For more information, visit The Birthing Team’s social media channels – @TheBirthingTeam, website – www.thebirthingteam.co.za, or call 015 296 6516.

 

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Distributed by Be-cause Integrated Communications

Chelsey Wilken

chelsey@be-cause.co.za

021 447 1082 / 074 470 5996

 

Distributed on behalf of The Birthing Team

Head of Birthing Team at PPO Serve: Dr Howard Manyonga

12 Comments

  • Please contact me

    • Hi Jaco – thanks for getting in touch. Would you like more information on The Birthing Team’s programme? We’re happy to get someone from the team in touch with you to assist.

  • Hello

    Kindly contacy me need water birth l stay in Polokwane.

    • Hi Sharon – thanks for getting in touch. The Birthing Team Polokwane team does not offer water births. Would you like more information on the services they provide? We’re happy to get someone from the team in touch with you to assist.

  • Good evening
    Is it to late to make bookings with you guys?
    I’m 35 weeks far along and would like to make an enquiry.

    Paying cash and would also like to know the costs.

    Warm regards

    • Hi Nditsheni – thanks for getting in touch. The Birthing Team does not take on women who are further along in their pregnancy than 26 weeks. If you’d like more information, please contact care@thebirthingteam.co.za directly. Hope this clarifies, thanks!

  • Good morning. Am 18 weeks pregnant and would like to make a booking with the birthing team. Am at Pretoria, will really appreciate if you get back to me.

    • Hi Khensane – thanks for getting in touch. Please contact The Birthing Team directly on care@thebirthingteam.co.za for more information on how to book your first assessment.

  • Hello. I am 6 weeks considered a ‘high risk’ pregnany, due to recurring miscarriages in the past. I am looking for a more affodable option as I dont have medical aid and gynae fees proves expensive at present. I am from Polokwane and would like to learn more about your services and fees.Thank you.

    • Hi MaryAnn, thanks for getting in touch. The Birthing Team is now only available in Durban. Unfortunately, our Polokwane team is no longer active. If you’d like more information, please contact care@thebirthingteam.co.za directly. Hope this helps, thanks!

  • Good day I’m 20 weeks pregnant and would like to have a cesarean how much will it cost. I’m paying cash

    • Hi Dimakatso, thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, the Polokwane team is no longer active, and The Birthing Team is now only available in Durban. If you’d like more information, please contact care@thebirthingteam.co.za directly. Hope this helps!

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