Having a Baby Ukraine



Last updated: February 2024

Exercise caution when traveling to Ukraine, as ongoing conflicts in specific regions may pose safety risks and impact access to essential services.

Caution: International health insurance policies may entail extended waiting periods for maternity benefits, requiring proactive consideration and planning for those anticipating coverage during pregnancy. As an expectant mother and an expat, you can never be too careful when it comes to your pregnancy and your baby’s health.

Expectant expatriate mothers will find that the best time to travel to any country if you are pregnant is between 18 to 24 weeks. Before you leave for Ukraine, as an expectant mother, keep a list of hospitals, doctors and clinics that are accessible to your residence in Ukraine. The listings can be obtained from the embassy of your home country. It is important to remember that Ukraine is presently experiencing political tensions with Russia, and the situation has caused several acts of violence such as bombings and attacks that can make it a challenge for expectant mothers to have a baby when in the country.

In preparation for your pregnancy care and childbirth care needs, secure international health insurance in Ukraine before you leave your home country. This insurance can give you access to private health care instead of settling for state-run hospitals in Ukraine, which do not have updated medical equipment and are often understaffed, especially given the current situation in Ukraine.

To get reliable, fast and quality health care by western standards, private health care is still the best option. Make sure your international health insurance plan will cover some if not all of your maternity and pediatric health care needs.If you have a normal child delivery, the average stay in the hospital is around 3 to 4 days. A c-section would merit a hospital stay up to 7 days. As of date, childbirth delivery costs and hospital stay is approximately 10,000 USD at a private hospital.

Last but not the least, keep in mind that pregnancy is not an illness you have to treat. It is a natural process that should not interfere with your work or your activities though it may require more of your attention and certain physical adjustments. It is also important that expats in Ukraine are advised to be cautious as there is unrest, but having private or international health insurance at hand can go a long way in keeping expat minds at ease.


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