Postnatal Care

Find out what support and medical care is available for parents and babies following a birth...

The Baby's Healthcare

Babies born in Cyprus are entitled to healthcare at a public General Hospital or healthcare centre. Parents can register to a General Health Care (GeSY) Paediatrician where they are entitled to a number of free visits per year, or they can choose a private Paediatrician. When the parents have private cover it is advisable to choose a paediatrician during the pregnancy so that they can be present at the birth.

The paediatrician sets the timetable of when and how often the baby should be brought in for check-ups and vaccinations, whether in the public or private sector.

The majority of immunisations can be obtained free of charge at a public hospital or healthcare centre. Privately practising paediatricians will charge a fee for administering the vaccines.

At birth the baby is given a health record book which must be taken to each medical appointment. It is necessary for children up to the age of six years and is in Greek. All vaccinations are detailed in both Greek and English.

Neonatal Baby Screening

The Centre for Preventive Paediatrics offers the Neonatal Screening Program, which is aimed at the early detection of two metabolic diseases: congenital hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria. Blood samples are collected from newborn babies by all paediatricians in Cyprus, whether in the public or private sector, and are forwarded to the Centre’s biochemical laboratory for the appropriate analyses.

The Neonatal Hearing Screening Program is the third free program made available by the Centre throughout the whole of Cyprus. It aims at the early detection and diagnosis of neonatal hearing impairments. It aims at the early detection and diagnosis of neonatal hearing impairments. An appointment by maternity unit before the mother and baby are released from hospital. 

Information provided by Carine Khoury of 'Mums in Cyprus' Address: PO Box 56811, Limassol 3310 | Tel: 7000 3077 email Copyright © 2013 Mums in Cyprus. All Rights Reserved (Updated January 2021)