Midwifery assistance Granting

Women insured in the 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 benefits of pregnancy and delivery by a state-certified and recognized midwife or a maternity nurse. The provision of services is regulated by the midwifery assistance contract Midwifery assistance includes: maternity and maternity care benefits, obstetrics Benefits during the puerperium up to 12 weeks after birth and other services, such as advice to the mother in case of breastfeeding difficulties or regression gymnastics during instruction in the group. Midwifery assistance can be used during pregnancy and up to 12 weeks after delivery (exception: advice to the mother in case of breastfeeding difficulties or nutritional problems of the infant). Midwifery assistance is made available to the 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 list can be billed. The insured children are also entitled to midwifery assistance if they cannot be cared for by the insured person, e.B. in the event of adoption, death or illness-related absence of the mother. Note: If you have private health insurance, you should clarify the assumption of costs with your insurance company before you make use of the service. Contact point Your health insurance

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Preconditions
Existing insurance relationship

Hints
Further information can be obtained from your statutory or private health insurance and from the German Midwifery Association.
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, you should first clarify the assumption of costs with it.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

Last update or date of publication
04.02.2021