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Every woman is entitled to the support of a midwife during pregnancy and after birth. A midwife should be sought as early as possible from the beginning of pregnancy. The costs are covered by health insurance. The range of services includes:

  • Counseling and care during pregnancy
  • Birth preparation
  • Postpartum care and aftercare - information about offers
  • Retrogression courses

A childbirth preparation course is recommended. Here, all questions about the birth and the first baby period can be clarified. It makes sense to start between the 28th and 30th week of pregnancy. However, it is absolutely necessary to register for a course in good time. The costs for a regular childbirth preparation course are usually covered by the health insurance.

Midwives can be found through:

  • Health insurance companies
  • Pharmacies
  • Your local health department
  • Midwife practices and birth centers
  • Gynecologists and general practitioners
  • Maternity hospitals

Aftercare by the midwife

The care and support of a midwife is also a great help in the period after the birth. Midwife services are covered by health insurance and should definitely be used.


After pregnancy, it is important to strengthen and tone the abdomen and pelvic floor. For this reason, every mother is recommended to attend a postnatal course. The health insurance companies cover an agreed contract rate, similar to the birth preparation courses. In a postnatal course, you can also make contact with other mothers and have the opportunity to exchange experiences.