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Jan 5, 2018

Having a Baby in 2018? Here’s What You Need to Know

Like many who have made resolutions to lose weight this year, some couples are planning to welcome a new baby in 2018. The health of the mother is important even before pregnancy and expecting mothers are encouraged to make early bookings to ensure a healthy baby.  News Five’s Duane Moody heads over to NHI on Central American Boulevard and speaks with Doctor Natalie Bruce about the services offered.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Having a baby is not as simple as one, two, three. Expecting mothers and fathers, but particularly mothers, must ensure that they prepare themselves, even before conception. Having a pregnancy schedule is important for maternal and child health; the Belize Family Life Association, particularly at NHI clinics, is assisting with this service.


Natalie Bruce

Dr. Natalie Bruce, Medical Officer, B.F.L.A./N.H.I. Clinic

“We need to make sure that we have proper maternal health for a healthy mother and also for them to be able to bring about a healthy child. So with the early booking, we can detect preexisting history of whatever conditions the mother may be going through, to put treatment. Remember it is also important to avoid certain malformations based on the diet, the supplements that is needed, the tests that are done to prevent infections and so forth.”


Doctor Natalie Bruce is the medical officer at the B.F.L.A./National Health Insurance Clinic at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Mahogany Street. She says that early bookings can prevent infections and other ailments that can lead to miscarriages and early preterm delivery.


Dr. Natalie Bruce

“The antenatal care that comes before conception which has to do with making sure that adequate weight as well as supplements that are taken; for example, the folic acid and the multivitamins to prevent for example the malformations of the spinal cord. So it doesn’t only come about with the time that they become pregnant, but before. When the person, as soon as they find out they are pregnant—for example they might do a pregnancy test at home—it is important to come in to get your booking as soon as you know or as soon as a missed period to come in and do a proper follow up.”


Bookings are done from Mondays and Fridays in the morning; however, medical officers often times book patients and start up the process of ordering the labs and supplements needed. A gynecologist would also be on hand for the regular checkups.  This service is offered free of cost.


Dr. Natalie Bruce

“Here at the clinics, a pregnant woman doesn’t pay any charges. The labs are free of cost, the medications are free of cost and also the consultation fee is waived so they don’t pay anything.”


Duane Moody

“And in terms of the healthcare for babies, postnatal?”


Dr. Natalie Bruce

“In terms of postnatal care, on Tuesday’s the neonatologist is here at the clinic on Tuesday mornings and when they come for the postnatal care, both the mother and the baby are examined. After two months time, then they come in on Thursdays. So we do offer care for the mothers and the child after delivery here at B.F.L.A. clinic.”


High-risk pregnancies among women with a history of hypertension or diabetes are referred to the high-risk clinic at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Having a Baby in 2018? Here’s What You Need to Know”

  1. Ricardo Leal says:

    I intend to take a Europe and Israel trip this summer most likely in July.

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