Prenatal Care in Turkey

Information about the care and support provided for expectant mothers in Turkey...

Most hospitals and medical centres provide prenatal testing to monitor the health of the mother and foetus. Prenatal testing may include amniocentesis, Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) testing, Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), ultrasound and GBS (Group B Streptococcus) tests. There are also standard tests of urine and blood for Hepatitis B, HIV, TORCH and diabetes. These tests aim to detect any genetic problems or issues a baby may have. Some tests also apply to the father.

Ultrasound examinations are carried out every three weeks to check progress of the foetus.

Tests required during pregnancy:

  • Blood count
  • Urinalysis
  • Parent blood group typing
  • Tests for toxoplasmosis
  • Rubella (German measles) and related tests
  • Hepatitis B and the related tests
  • Fasting blood glucose
  • Chromosome studies
  • Pregnancy blood tests
  • For information on the comprehensive list of required tests: Click here (in Turkish)

Prenatal classes and information sessions

Many public and private medical centres and hospitals provide prenatal sessions for parents, with the objective of making sure they are well informed and prepared for pregnancy and birth. These sessions are usually free of charge.