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Patient Admission

Admission takes place at the Reception Department. Upon admission you will be asked to provide the following personal details: name, occupation, address, telephone number, marital status, Social Security Number and Insurance Fund as well as to display your National Identity Card and the validated Health Book.

We suggest you leave any valuables at home. Our clinic assumes no responsibility for the loss of personal items. Alternatively, you can give them to your escort at the time of admission or deliver them to the Reception Department on level -1 for safekeeping in a deposit box.

At a later stage during the admission procedure, a healthcare plan (by obtaining your medical history, performing laboratory exams or imaging studies were needed) is implemented in accordance with the instructions given by the Attending Physician and the Clinic’s Procedures and Protocols.

Contact numbers: +30 210 618 5110, +30 210 618 5111 & +30 210 618 5109

At IASO you can select among various classes of room. More specifically:

  • Superior three-bedded room
  • Standard two-bedded room
  • Superior two-bedded room
  • Single room
  • Lux room
  • Suite

The Matron and the Nursing Staff provide you with quality and individualized nursing care and are always willing to offer you guidance and information at all times.

Should you wish, you can have your baby with you 24-hours a day in all patient room classes (Rooming In), at no additional cost.

Specialist midwifes provide guidance and support to mothers on Breastfeeding for the successful establishment of exclusive Breastfeeding. Advice and instructions regarding a successful Breastfeeding are included in IASO’s Breastfeeding Manual “Ζωή Καλώς Όρισες (Welcome Life)”.

Parents are provided with information and training on issues relating to the care of the newborn, thus contributing to their smooth adjustment to the new situation.

Newborns are continuously monitored during their stay at the Clinic by experienced Pediatricians and other specialist physicians (Pediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Orthopedic).

All patient rooms have free wireless internet access, 20 NOVA satellite channels (4 movie channels, 6 sport channels, 2 kids’ channels, documentary channels and the largest international news channels).

Discharge Procedure

On your discharge day, please contact the Inpatient Accounting Office to receive information on your billing. The Charge Nurse will inform you on your discharge procedure. Having your discharge note signed by the attending physician, you then visit the Inpatient Cashier’s Office located on the first floor of the Clinic.

The settlement of your bill can either be made via the Ethniki Bank and Emporiki Bank branches located on the first floor, in cash, via personal or bank cheque or any credit card (except Diners and American Express). Using the MyClub Card Visa issued by IASO Group, you can pay your bill in interest-free monthly installments.

The Inpatient Cashier’s Office on the 1st floor will provide you with all the necessary documentation for submission to your insurance fund.

The Inpatient Cashier’s Office (ext.4188) operates daily, Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 to 17:00. If you are discharged on a Sunday, your bill should be settled by Saturday (8:30 to 15:00)

Upon your departure, you should hold:

  1. Your baby’s Health book
  2. Your baby’s birth certificate
  3. IASO contract of cooperation with Ethniki Asfalistiki referred to as «Στοργή για μια Ζωή (Life-long affection)»
  4. The receipt for the provision of services along with the payment receipt issued by the Clinic
  5. Your discharge note

Contact numbers:

Inpatient Accounting Office: +30 210 618 4118, +30 210 618 4356 & +30 210 618 4105
Inpatient Cashier’s Office: +30 210 618 4188

IASO applies a series of screening tests on newborns as a package which includes Metabolic Diseases, Otoacoustic Emissions, Ophthalmological Examination and Ultrasound of the Hips. Hip ultrasound is performed one (1) month after childbirth at IASO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, next to IASO Maternity Hospital, by making an appointment at the reception of IASO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL and by calling at +30 210 638 3070 and +30 210 638 3072.

1) METABOLIC DISEASES

Screenings for metabolic diseases include: Cystic Fibrosis (IRT), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (17-OH-Progesterone) Deficiency Biotinidase (partial and total), organic aciduria, Amino Acid Absorption Deficiency, Deficiency Fatty Acid Absorption. The overall incidence is 1:1500 children.

What is neonatal screening?

The neonatal screening takes place on the second to fourth day after birth. The purpose of the neonatal screening is to detect infants who are 'suspect' for the presence of serious diseases, where early diagnosis allows clinical improvement and/or avoidance of severe clinical symptoms such as neurological, digestive, respiratory and other disorders. The Institute of Child Health provides control for only four diseases: phenylketonuria, deficiency of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), congenital hypothyroidism and galactosemia. Galactosemia is conducted under a pilot program.

What is the expanded neonatal screening?

The extended neonatal screening enables the detection of more serious diseases, some of which occur at a relatively high frequency in the Greek population, and some of which are rarer.

Specifically, high frequency diseases include cystic fibrosis, Biotinidase deficiency and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Every year, 50-60 children are born suffering from Cystic Fibrosis -a disease affecting the function of many organic systems but the main clinical manifestations are detected in the respiratory and digestive system. Early diagnosis of this disease promotes the adoption of appropriate measures and the optimization of clinical symptoms in order to ensure the patient’s better quality of life.

As for the rarer diseases, it regards to 40 metabolic disorders (deficiency of amino acids, fatty acids and/or organic acids), the early diagnosis of which can prevent the onset of serious health problems such as mental retardation, hearing loss, visual disturbances, and seizures.

Only in case of pathologic findings are you informed by IASO and sent the results to the address specified upon admission. Otherwise (non-pathological findings), you are NOT informed and the test results remain in the infant’s medical file at the Department of Medical Records at IASO. A copy of these tests can be received from the Department of Medical Records at IASO (phone +30 210 6185238) by you in person, by showing your National ID card or passport, or by a legally authorized person from you.

2) OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS

It is a simple, fast, painless screening test conducted in all modern maternity clinics abroad. During the examination, continuous rhythmic sounds are emitted to the neonate and the ear’s acoustic response is recorded via a special device connected to a computer. The ideal time for the performance of this testing is during the first days after birth, when neonates are asleep for the biggest part of the day. The examination can also be carried out during sleep, so the baby is not aware of it. To a significant extent, the presence of otoacoustic emissions is indicative of normal hearing.

Neonatal hypoacusia (hearing loss) frequency accounts for 3-4‰ of all newborns whereas severe hypoacusia (deafness) is present in 1‰. It is worth mentioning that the aforementioned rates also include congenital hypoacusia family history-free children. Early detected and timely managed hypoacusia during the first weeks of a neonate’s life is of great importance to a child’s speech development and cognitive and mental progress.

For this reason, the OAEs screening test, performed in all neonates in the USA and the countries of West Europe, is similarly applied to all neonates born in IASO Clinic, for the past twenty years. All the above are according to WHO recommendations. The recording of the screening test remains in the hospitalization file and its results are written down on the personal child health record (p. 15).

References:

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics, Task Force on Newborn and Infant Hearing. Newborn and Infant Hearing loss: detection and intervention. Pediatrics 1999
  2. European Consensus Statement on Neonatal Hearing Screening. Audiology 1999.
  3. World Health Organization. Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening. Current Issues and Guiding Principles for Action. Geneva, Switzerland, 09-10 November 2009.
  4. S. Korres et al. Outcomes and Efficasy of Newborn Hearing Screening: Strengths and Weaknesses. The Laryngoscope 2008.

3) OPHTHALMOLOGICAL EXAMINATION

The ophthalmologic examination performed at IASO Maternity Hospital investigates the possible presence of congenital abnormalities of the eyes and eyelids of the newborn. It also examines the possible presence of congenital diseases such as congenital cataract, glaucoma, congenital optic nerve and retina anomalies or the existence of an inflammation in the ocular fundus (eye ground) (e.g., toxoplasmosis) or conjunctiva (e.g. conjunctivitis). Early diagnosis and treatment of some of these diseases can be life-saving for the baby's eyesight. The recording of the examination remains in the medical file and its results are recorded in the child’s Health Book (p. 15).

References:

  1. Eye Examination in newborn, infant and children, Study Reaffirmed May 2007 HOSKINS CENTER FOR QUALITY EYE CARE
  2. American Academy of ophthalmology Pediatric Eye Evaluation, PPP-September 2012
  3. Multiple Strokes in a newborn, OPHTHALMOLOGY Volume 116 Issue 4 April 2009

4) ULTRASOUND HIP CONTROL

The developmental dysplasia of the hip, formerly widely known as congenital hip dislocation is a common condition, present at 0.1% of births. It is a multifactorial condition; the treatment is simple, if detected early (before 6 months). At a significant proportion, it is diagnosed with clinical preventive control of the hips by a pediatrician or an orthopedic specialist, yet, a large proportion remains undiagnosed for several months.

Via the ultrasound, the morphology of the hip joint is depicted and the so-called “silent dysplasia” can be early diagnosed, leading to an early treatment. In the European countries that have implemented the universal screening of hip sonography in neonates, the rate of late diagnosed cases of dysplasia has almost disappeared and, by extension, complicated surgeries, too.

References:

  1. Diagnostic accuracy of static Graf technique of ultrasound evaluation of infant hips for developmental dysplasia . Arch ortho Trauma Surg. 2011; 131(1):53-8
  2. Evolution of late presenting developmental dysplasia of the hip and associated surgical procedures after 14 years of neonatal ultrasound screening. JBJS(Br):2004;86-B:585-9

24 hours after childbirth and no later than ten calendar days, the mother or the father must register their neonate with the Birth Registration Office, bringing with them their National IDs and an original and recent marriage certificate, i.e. issued not earlier than six (6) months, along with a copy of it. Couples in civil partnership are kindly requested to have registered their civil partnership with the Municipality they belong to; in a different case, their civil partnership is not valid.

For your convenience, the Birth Registration Office is staffed by employees of the Municipality of Amaroussion and is open Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 13:00 (ext. 4189).

On your discharge day, please contact the Inpatient Accounting Office to receive information on your billing. The Charge Nurse will inform you on your discharge procedure. Having your discharge note signed by the attending physician, you then visit the Inpatient Cashier’s Office located on the first floor of the Clinic.

The settlement of your bill can either be made via the Ethniki Bank and Emporiki Bank branches located on the first floor, in cash, via personal or bank cheque or any credit card (except Diners and American Express). Using the MyClub Card Visa issued by IASO Group, you can pay your bill in interest-free monthly installments.

Contact numbers: +30 210 618 4118 (ext. 4118), +30 210 618 4356 (ext. 4356) and +30 210 618 4105 (ext. 4105)

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Friday 07:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday: 07:00 - 16:00
  • The department is closed on Sunday

You baby’s first photographs will be taken in the Nursery. If you do not wish your baby to be photographed, please inform the Charge Nurse. Our in-house photographer will show you the photographs. Purchase is voluntary.

For information please contact Mr. Mathiou on +30 6972 313277

Advice on successful Breastfeeding

How is breast milk produced?

According to research, 97% of mothers are capable of successfully producing milk. The preparation of the breasts begins during pregnancy while the production of milk starts right after the delivery and the detachment of the placenta. As soon as the stimulus generated from the baby’s sucking movements reaches the brain, two hormones are secreted by the pituitary gland; prolactin and oxytocin. These hormones are transferred to the breast through the circulating blood. Prolactin helps the production of milk from the lobules of the breast. Through the oxytocin action the milk is advanced to the lactiferous ducts and the nipple.

The composition of breast milk varies between breastfeedings and changes day by day (colostrum in the first post-delivery days) and hour by hour (at the beginning of breastfeeding the milk has a light texture while the milk produced towards the end of breastfeeding is richer in fat and, consequently, in calories).

The first days

Many mothers often face difficulties with breastfeeding, especially in the first days. Care and support is required so that they do not get disappointed and give up on breastfeeding. Gaining self-confidence and faith will help you overcome any possible initial difficulties. The earliest the commencement of breastfeeding and the more frequently breastfeeding is subsequently performed, the earlier and faster the breast milk will be produced, based on the quality and quantity needs of the newborn.

How to get started with your baby

Environment. It must be supportive, the atmosphere must be calm and pleasant and your attention must be fully focused on your baby. Stress and tiredness are inhibitory factors for sufficient milk production, whereas, being relaxed, calm and self-confident, will positively influence the progress of breastfeeding.

Breast-nipple care. Wash your hands before breastfeeding to prevent the transmission of microbes. Make sure you bathe once a day and wash your breasts with soap and water; in between you can clean it with water before and after breastfeeding.

Position of the mother. At the time of breastfeeding choose a comfortable position which will make breastfeeding easier. If you prefer a sitting position, you can place a pillow on your knees and place your baby on it, positioning your baby closer to your breast.

Position of the baby. The baby should be lying down on one side and turned towards your breast. Use one hand to hold the underside of your breast and hold your baby with your other hand.

Breastfeeding position. When your baby opens its mouth searching for your breast, bring it towards your breast and make sure that your baby’s mouth covers the nipple and part of areola mammae (the pigmented area around the nipple). By doing this, the baby will receive a greater quantity of milk accumulating mainly around the areola mammae and, thus, injury to the nipple is avoided.

Correct breastfeeding. You should not feel pain during breastfeeding, because this means that the baby has not been placed in a proper position in relation to the breast. When a baby breastfeeds properly, it sits quietly at the breast, performs rhythmic sucking movements and its lips look like a "plunger".

The baby’s meals. Every baby differs and requires a different amount of time in order to receive a certain quantity of milk. Meals never last the same amount of time and the baby has the ability to adjust the quantity needed on its own. We recommend that the baby alternates between breasts during breastfeeding, so that both breasts are evenly emptied.

Post breastfeeding. Your baby will feel more comfortable if placed in a proper position, i.e. upright and resting against the breast, as it will be able to expel any accidentally swallowed air during breastfeeding (burp). The most appropriate position for a baby to sleep in a cot is on its side without a pillow.

If your baby cries, even just after breastfeeding, do not panic that you do not have enough milk. Instead, repeat breastfeeding and avoid giving your baby formula milk or other liquid supplements. This is usually a temporary problem, and frequent and disordered meals will probably improve after about the first 6 weeks.

Signs that milk production is adequate are: a stable increase in body weight, which should be measured every 10 days at the beginning and subsequently once per month, as well as the behavior of the newborn (crying, duration of sleep, etc.). Sometimes, a pediatrician must confirm that the milk production is adequate.

Twins: is it possible to breastfeed?

You may breastfeed them simultaneously if this is convenient for you. A good way to perform this is to place the babies on two pillows, place their legs towards your armpits and support their heads with your hands.

Nutrition for the mother.

Do not forget that you do not need to eat for two, but rather to appropriately satisfy your dietary needs. It is best to base your diet on fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs and cheese and avoid excessive sweets consumption. Drink as many fluids as you want, even during breastfeeding. There is no reason to increase your body weight beyond normal limits. Do not count calories. At the end of the breastfeeding period, you will have lost any extra weight gained during pregnancy and your breast will revert to its normal shape.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as they contain substances that pass into the breast milk and affect it.

At IASO you have the option to have your newborn in your room 24-hours a day, from its birth to your discharge date from the Obstetric Clinic, independently of your room class and at no additional cost.

The Staff is responsible for the daily provision of care and treatment to the newborn. However, if the mother wishes to, she may participate in the provision of care to her child.

In every case the ward staff will facilitate you in spending as much time with your baby as possible.

Patient Admission

Admission takes place at the Reception Department. Upon admission you will be asked to provide the following personal details: name, occupation, address, telephone number, marital status, Social Security Number and Insurance Fund as well as to display your National Identity Card and the validated Health Book.

We suggest you leave any valuables at home. Our clinic assumes no responsibility for the loss of personal items. Alternatively, you can give them to your escort at the time of admission or deliver them to the Reception Department on level -1 for safekeeping in a deposit box.

At a later stage during the admission procedure, a healthcare plan (by obtaining your medical history, performing laboratory exams or imaging studies were needed) is implemented in accordance with the instructions given by the Attending Physician and the Clinic’s Procedures and Protocols.

Contact numbers: +30 210 618 5110, +30 210 618 5111 & +30 210 618 5109

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