The popularity of partner deliveries in perinatal centers and maternity hospitals in the Moscow region has been steadily growing in recent years; since the beginning of 2019, about 14% of young couples have decided to give birth in this format, according to the press service of the Ministry of Health of the Moscow Region.
“In particular, if in 2018 9.7% of all births took place in this format, then in 9 months of 2019 already about 14% of young couples decided to spend this important day together,” said Svetlana Lazareva, Deputy Minister of Health of the Moscow Region.
Partner deliveries in obstetric organizations of the Moscow region are included in the standard package of services within the framework of the compulsory medical insurance, which all citizens of the Russian Federation receive, regardless of their place of permanent registration.
Fathers-to-be can prepare for partner childbirth, among other things, at the “Mothers 'Schools” or “Future Parents' Schools” classes, which are held in all urban districts of the Moscow region.
In the classroom at the school, obstetricians-gynecologists, anesthesiologists, psychologists, exercise therapy doctors, neonatologists and pediatricians answer all questions of concern to future parents related to pregnancy, intrauterine child development, childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care.
Thematic classes at school help to cope with fears, adjust lifestyle and habits with the maximum benefit for the unborn child. In addition, communication with a psychologist and qualified doctors in the classroom at the "School of Mothers" significantly reduces the likelihood of developing depression in the postpartum period.
Currently, there are seven perinatal centers and 35 maternity hospitals in the Moscow region.