Mother Child Pass Examinations - Pregnancy

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Mother Child Pass Examinations - Pregnancy
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MuKi pass examinations

Since its start in 1974, the mother-child passport examinations have played a key role in ensuring that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for both mother and baby. The aim of the mother-child pass examinations during pregnancy is to discover and treat health problems in mother and child as early as possible.

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  • How are the costs going to be covered?
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What is the mother-child pass?

The mother-child pass documents important examinations and health data in the course of pregnancy and after birth up to the age of five. The document is an important support for keeping track of all check-up appointments during and after pregnancy. In addition, doctors and midwives are informed about important health data with the help of the mother-child pass. This is especially important in an emergency. Therefore, pregnant women should always have the mother-child passport with them.

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How many mother-child pass examinations are there?

The mother-child pass provides for five gynecological examinations during pregnancy. In addition, two blood tests and three ultrasound examinations are carried out.

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After the birth, ten examinations of the child including an orthopedic, an ear, nose and throat examination and two eye exams are on the program. Since November 2012 it has also been possible to take advantage of midwifery advice in the 18th to 22nd week of pregnancy.

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Every pregnant woman residing in Austria is entitled to a mother-child pass.

Note In order to receive the full childcare allowance, five mother-child pass examinations of the mother-to-be and five examinations of the child must be carried out and proven by the medical confirmation in the mother-child passport.

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What does prenatal diagnosis mean?

For medical reasons, further examinations can be prescribed in addition to the mother-child pass examinations. This is necessary, among other things, if there is a suspicion of a chromosomal abnormality or a malformation. The medically necessary examinations of this so-called prenatal diagnosis are paid for by social insurance.

Some parents-to-be want to make use of prenatal diagnostic examinations even without medical indication, in order to assess the risk of genetic diseases or malformations. During a normal pregnancy, all examinations that women have in addition to the mother-child pass program are not or only partially paid for by social security. You can get information about prenatal diagnostic examinations and their costs from your doctor or from family counseling centers with pregnancy counseling.

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Whom can I ask?

The mother-child-passport services begin with the handover of the mother-child-passport after the diagnosis of a pregnancy by a doctor. The following offices offer mother-child pass examinations:

  • General Practitioner,
  • Resident specialist in gynecology and obstetrics,
  • Specialized outpatient departments for gynecology and obstetrics of the health insurance companies,
  • Outpatient departments for gynecology and obstetrics in hospitals as well
  • Family advice centers with a focus on pregnancy advice.

How are the costs going to be covered?

All mother-child pass examinations are free of charge. Pregnant women who do not have health insurance in Austria are only entitled to the mother-child passport examinations if they can prove that they live in Austria. Women who do not have health insurance must therefore obtain a proof of entitlement from the regional health insurance fund responsible for their place of residence before using an examination.

additional Information

The brochure accompanying the Mother-Child Pass Our Baby Comes from the Federal Ministry for Health and Women contains information on all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, the baby's first months of life, legal questions and contact points for advice.

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