Having a baby in Germany is such a trip you need a Mutterpass for the ride!
But, what exactly IS a Mutterpass? It’s kind of a passport to motherhood, a document you are *supposed to* carry with you during your entire pregnancy.
Inside, you’ll find all kinds of details regarding your pregnancy: height, weight, age, blood type, family history, lab results, blood pressure, diseases, cravings, credit history, thoughts on the meaning of life, etc. In essence, you’re in charge of keeping your own maternity medical records… and on you at all times, no less.
I’m finding that Germans aren’t so tight-fisted with medical records as we are in the US. If I wanted a copy of the information in my chart at an American ob/gyn, I’d have to fill out a form, pay $236 per page for someone to stand at the copier and press the big green button, and then make an appointment to pick the sheets of gold up at a later date. Patients just can’t be trusted with such things in the states.
But here, not only do I carry around my pregnancy medical records, I also keep both of my boys’ medical records and immunization records (Impfpass!) at home in a file cabinet. Of course, this also means I am responsible to bring these records to every checkup. And, therein lies the rub.
For some reason, I don’t think this system would work in the US. I mean, it’s not like you can keep your Mutterpass on your iPhone. It’s PAPER and you actually have to REMEMBER to bring it.
So, do I personally take this laminated booklet with me everywhere? No yet. From what I hear though, it’s wise to keep it at your side during the third trimester and always when traveling. I guess my packing list just got a little bit longer.
Now, if I could only read what’s in it…