Expecting a Baby in Germany

What types of support can I benefit from during pregnancy?

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Pregnant women are entitled to full medical services in Germany.  You don’t have to be ill to get an appointment with a gynaecologist (a doctor specialising in the female reproductive system). Both male and female gynaecologists are available, so you can freely choose the one with whom you feel more comfortable. Pregnant women are protected by German law and there are some specific rules and regulations in place to ensure their safety and well-being, as well as that of their babies'.

All pregnant woman receive a Maternity Health Record (“Mutterpass”) from their doctor, in which all the stages of pregnancy and related medical care will be documented. Women's rights in the workplace are also specially protected during pregnancy: your employer cannot dismiss you from your job during pregnancy, and you will be entitled to special safety protection in the workplace. You also have the right to take paid leave before and after giving birth. If you don’t want to keep the foetus, you are allowed to have an abortion under specific circumstances.

Medical Services and Legal Protections

Medical Services and Regulations

Maternity Health Record (“Mutterpass”)

Protection from Job Dismissal

Safety Protection At the Workplace

Maternity Leave

Abortion Regulations in Germany

Regulations for Exceptional Cases


If you are pregnant and need help, you can call the helpline “Pregnant Women in Distress” (“Schwangere in Not”). You can reach their female multilingual counsellors 24/7 on 0800 40 40 020. If you wish, you can remain anonymous.