Maternity Programme

Pregnancy is an extraordinary experience. If one has to highlight life experiences, most women will say that pregnancy and childbirth are the experiences that they will never forget.
Pregnant members and dependants of GEMS have access to the Maternity Programme. The GEMS Maternity Programme is a comprehensive programme designed with the needs of expectant parents, and their support network in mind.

We aim to to give you support, education and advice through all stages of your pregnancy, the confinement and postnatal (after birth) period. The programme will also support your healthcare practitioner and a workplace support colleague (HR Practitioner or Manager) if you choose to nominate one, providing them with the necessary tools to support you along this journey.

The Maternity Programme is headed by case managers who are experienced, registered nursing sisters with additional qualifications in midwifery. These case managers will help you to register on the Maternity Programme and you can contact them on 0860 00 4367 for advice and information.

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Benefits of joining the Maternity Programme

  • We will give you a GEMS pregnancy, birth and early parenting book when you register.
  • We will send you a free maternity bag during your third trimester. This is a gift from us to you and your baby.
  • You will enjoy free access to all services offered by the programme.
  • You will receive information about the benefits offered by GEMS during your pregnancy and after the birth of your child.
  • You will receive a Care Plan to guide your doctor in the appropriate treatment necessary for the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Access to healthcare information that will make it possible for you to make informed decisions with your midwife or doctor about your health and birth choices.
  • Telephone advice and support if you experience problems during the first six weeks of parenthood.
  • You, your healthcare practitioner and your nominated workplace colleague (if you choose to nominate one) will receive regular electronic newsletters covering relevant topics. You will all receive regular information making your pregnancy a positive journey for everyone.

Registering on the programme

To access your maternity benefits, pregnant members or dependants must register on the programme as soon as their pregnancy is confirmed.

You need to complete an enrolment form and fax, email or post the completed form to 0861 00 4367, enquiries@gems.gov.za or GEMS Maternity Programme, Private Bag X782, Cape Town, 8000.

Maternity brochures and forms

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