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Midwifery Assistance Grant

Women insured with statutory health insurance are entitled to midwifery assistance during pregnancy, during and after childbirth in addition to the right to medical care. Midwifery assistance includes the provision of services during pregnancy and childbirth by a state-certified and recognised midwife or maternity nurse. The provision of services is regulated by the midwifery assistance contract

Midwifery assistance includes:

  • maternity care and prenatal care services;
  • Obstetrics
  • Postpartum benefits up to 12 weeks after birth, and
  • other services, such as counselling the mother for breastfeeding difficulties or postnatal gymnastics for group instruction.

Midwifery assistance can be used during pregnancy and up to 12 weeks after delivery (exception: counselling of the mother in case of breastfeeding difficulties or feeding problems of the infant).

Midwifery assistance is made available to insured persons as a benefit in kind, i.e. the midwives settle directly with the health insurance companies. Only services that are regulated in the midwifery remuneration schedule can be billed.

The insured children are also entitled to midwifery assistance if they cannot be cared for by the insured person, e.g. in the event of adoption, death or absence of the mother due to illness.

Note: If you have private health insurance, you should clarify the assumption of costs with your insurance company before claiming the service.

Contact point

  • Your health insurance company

Process flow

  • Contact the midwife of your choice directly.
  • If you are a member of a statutory health insurance company, you must present your health insurance card.
  • The midwife settles accounts with your health insurance company.
  • If you are a member of a private health insurance company, you should clarify with them beforehand whether the costs will be covered.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with your health insurance company.


Existing insurance relationship

Which documents are required?


What are the fees?

Refund: free of charge

Processing duration

  • Not known


If the health insurance company rejects the benefit, an objection can be lodged. If the objection is not remedied, you can take legal action against it before the Social Court.

What else should I know?

Further information can be obtained from your statutory or private health insurance company and from the German Midwifery Association.

Further information for the state of Bremen:

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)