Bonitas – Supporting you through your pregnancy
Bonitas Medical Fund believes that as an expecting mom, your pregnancy should be a unique and joyful experience. Through targeted support during each trimester, pregnancy education and specific related engagements – via phone and digital channels – we aim to help you achieve this. With the new Maternity Programme we hope to improve the health of moms-to-be and, as a result, reduce possible complications. So what does the Programme have to offer?
24/7 Maternity Health Advice Line
Should you have any health-related queries during your pregnancy, you can call the 24/7 Maternity Health Advice line on 087 056 9888. This service is nurse led and has been developed to provide pregnant members with optimum advice. However, it is a purely medical advice line, no diagnosis or prescriptions will be given.
Dedicated Clinical Care Advisors
A maternity nurse/midwife will call you at certain key stages throughout your pregnancy. This is to support and advise you on how to look after your health while expecting. You will be reminded about supplements, diet and follow-up visits.
Online Antenatal Classes
From the moment you register with the Bonitas Maternity Programme, you’ll have access to online antenatal classes to prepare you for the birth, your stay in hospital and what to expect when you go home. These classes will be available twice monthly.
Weekly Stage Appropriate SMSs
During your pregnancy, you’ll receive a weekly SMS appropriate to the specific stage in your pregnancy. This will help you track your baby’s development and learn how and why your body is changing during the weeks of your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Education Emails
You’ll also receive weekly emails, for the duration of your pregnancy, to help you prepare for the birth. These emails will be stage appropriate and cover topics such as preparing for childbirth, normal delivery vs caesarean, breast care, breast feeding, nutrition, etc.
Bonitas Baby Bag
All pregnant members receive a beautiful baby bag packed with goodies for you and your newborn. To register for your baby bag, you must be at least 24 weeks pregnant and have obtained pre-authorisation for your delivery.
Twice a month there will be digital webinars that cover various aspects of maternity and baby care. Once you have registered, you will be able to access the webinars through a link from the Bonitas website.
Maternity Care Benefits
Bonitas also offer the following maternity benefits* to members:
- Up to 12 consultations during pregnancy
- 2 x 2D ultrasound scans
- 1 amniocentesis
- Antenatal Classes
- 4 consultations with a midwife after delivery (1 of these can be with a lactation specialist)
- New born hearing screening
*Plan dependent (Excludes BonCap)
As a mom-to-be you’ll have access to the Bonitas voucher platform to redeem vouchers (specific to baby care) from our partners.
But, right now we know that there are major concerns around COVID-19 and how it might impact your baby, so let’s answer some questions that have been asked on our 24/7 maternity help line around COVID-19 and pregnancy.
What effect does COVID-19 have on pregnant women?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that due to changes in the body and immune system, pregnant women can be affected by some respiratory infections. You should report any possible symptoms of flu or COVID-19 (including fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell) to your healthcare provider. The recommendation is also to boost your immune system by taking a daily dose of Vitamin C (around 1000mg) and zinc (8-10mg).
Make sure you follow all the guidelines set out by the Government: Stay home, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and wear a face mask when you leave your home.
What effect will COVID-19 have on my baby, if I am diagnosed with the infection?
According to WHO, we are still not completely certain whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
Will COVID-19 impact me breastfeeding my baby?
The COVID-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk and transmission through breast milk and breastfeeding has not been detected. Breastfeeding unquestionably reduces mortality in newborns and infants and provides numerous lifelong health and brain development advantages to the child.
Mothers with symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to wear a mask at all times, but even if this is not possible, breastfeeding should be continued. Mothers should follow other infection prevention measures, such as washing hands, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, sneezing or coughing into a tissue that is discarded immediately
We know that bringing a child into the world is a wonderful experience although it can be daunting – especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, which is why we, at Bonitas, are here 24/7 to help mom and dads-to-be to get through the pregnancy and birth with the minimum of fuss and the maximum support.
For further information go to: https://www.bonitas.co.za/