How to Activate Maternity Benefits on Discovery

Do you wish to learn how to activate maternity benefits on Discovery? That is something that is available to all Discovery Health Medical Scheme members. Activating gives you access to comprehensive maternity and post birth benefits. Discovery is one of the most popular medical and health insurance services providers in South Africa. As a member, you get access to a wide range of maternity benefits that ensure that you are covered as far as your and your baby’s wellbeing are concerned. So, how do you activate maternity benefits?

Steps to activate you Discovery maternity benefits

The following is how to activate maternity benefits on Discovery;

  • You can activate maternity benefits on the Discovery app. To do that, you need to download the Discovery app. To use the app, you first need to register on the Discovery website. The app uses the same login details that you set up during the registration process. Once registered, log into the app on your phone. Next, go to My pregnancy. Click on the Activate programme. You will then need to complete your Pregnancy Profile. When done, you can use the app to track your pregnancy, get weekly milestones and view personalized checklists.
  • You can also activate your maternity benefits online. Simply register on the Discovery website to get started.
  • Another option is to call Discovery on 0860 99 88 77. Follow the prompts to get registered.
  • Your maternity benefits also automatically get activated when you register your baby onto the Scheme.

What maternity benefits do I get?

That’s how to activate maternity benefits on Discovery. But what do you get when you activate maternity benefits? The following are some of the benefits that you can look forward to;

  • Antenatal consultations: A maximum of twelve consultations at your gynaecologist, GP or midwife.
  • Ultrasound scans and prenatal screening: 2 ultrasound scans (2D) and one nuchal translucency or Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) screening
  • Blood tests: Blood tests for your pregnancy.
  • Private ward: Private ward cover up to R1 880 for your approved hospital stay. This is available for the time of your delivery.
  • Pre- and postnatal care: Up to five pre- or postnatal classes or consultations with a registered nurse. These are available up to two years after birth. You also have cover for 1 visit to a lactation specialist.
  • Essential registered devices: Up to R5 000 in cover for essential registered devices. An example of this is a breast pump. Another example is a smart thermometers. When you buy these devices, you are responsible for a copayment of 25%.
  • GP and specialist care after birth: You get cover for your baby under 2 years for two visits to a GP, paediatrician or ENT.
  • Other services: One flu vaccination while pregnant. You also get postnatal care, including postnatal consultation, a nutritional assessment with a dietitian and two mental healthcare consultations with a counsellor or psychologist.

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In this article, we showed you how to activate maternity benefits on Discovery. It was noted that these benefits can be activated online, through the app and by calling. Maternity benefits are available to people on the Discovery Health Medical Scheme. We also looked at some of the cover that you can expect to get after activating maternity benefits.

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