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Pregnancy and Infant Health

06 Sep, 2020
Topic: Health
Intended Audience
Visitor: Student, Tourist, Business Owner
Citizen: Parent, Business Owner, Employee
Resident: Parent, Employee

Pregnancy and Infant Health

The child mortality rate in Qatar has improved dramatically from nearly 13 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 8.1 in 2008. Close to 20,000 babies are born in the country every year.

Under Qatari law, a woman must be married to give birth in Qatar. Qataris who plan to get married are required to undergo a premarital health check to screen for potential genetic risks.

Women’s Hospital

The Women’s Hospital is a public health care facility run by Hamad Medical Corporation, dedicated solely to providing excellent obstetrics and gynecological care. It has close to 300 inpatient care beds, a large outpatient department, an emergency room, fertility clinic, neonatal intensive care unit, 16 labor and delivery suites and three operating theaters.

The Women’s Hospital is also where all parents should register their newly born infants. A birth certificate can be issued on the same day of registration.

Outpatient Pediatric Clinic

The Outpatient Pediatric Clinic at Hamad General Hospital offers specialized health care to children. To access its services, take your child to any Pediatric Emergency Clinic or Primary Health Care Center in Qatar to be assessed. If specialized care is required, the doctor will refer to the case to the Outpatient Pediatric Clinic. 

An appointment booking center allows parents to make appointments over the phone. The center will also follow up by sending reminders through the phone and SMS. The center's number is +974 44395777.

Vaccination Program

The government first established the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) in 1979, following the objectives and recommendations of the World Health Organization. Over the years, as medical advances rendered new vaccines for the general public, Qatar has had to update its EPI many times to protect children from the following diseases:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Tetanus
  • Haemophilus influenza
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varcella  

Nutrition and Postpartum Care

The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 identifies health care gaps in nutrition and postpartum maternal care. Despite the many well-known benefits of breastfeeding, for example, the number of mothers who practice breastfeeding in Qatar remains low.

To enhance women’s and children’s health care, the strategy offers the following recommendations:

  • Promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
  • Enhance prenatal care services, including the provision of nutritional guidance and vitamin supplementation, prenatal screening and testing.
  • Improve postpartum care services, including evaluation and treatment for postpartum depression.
  • Develop nutritional guidelines for newborns, infants and children.
  • Enhance screening programs for women for conditions such as osteoporosis, nutritional deficiencies and cancer.

For more information on women's and children's health care, visit the Ministry of Public Health.