Benefits you’re entitled to as a pregnant woman

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There are 2 main benefits you can receive when you’re pregnant, which is really helpful for all expectant mothers.

When pregnant

Free prescriptions & NHS dental treatment

What is it?

  • You’re entitled to free NHS dental care in the UK while you’re pregnant and for a year after the baby is born.
  • In England, you’re entitled to free prescriptions while you’re pregnant and for a year after the baby is born.
  • In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you’re entitled to free prescriptions at all times.

Who gets it?
Women who are pregnant or who gave birth less than a year ago.

How to claim
Fill out the Maternity Exemption form (FW8), available from your doctor or midwife.

According to The Money Advice Service (MAS), NHS dental care is free in the UK while you’re pregnant, and for a whole year after your baby is born.

However, for prescriptions it depends on where you live:

  • In England, prescriptions are free while you’re pregnant and for a year after the birth, if you have a valid Maternity Exemption Certificate (MatEx). This could save you £8.20 per prescription
  • In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland prescriptions are free for everyone.

If for whatever reason your certificate doesn’t arrive in time, you can claim a refund if you’ve had to pay before your certificate arrives. Just ask your pharmacist for a receipt and a claim form (FP57). At your dentist you need form FP64.

Benefits for when your baby arrives

Child Benefit

What is Child Benefit?
A regular payment from the government to help with the cost of raising a child.

Who gets it?
Anyone responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they’re in education or training).

How much is Child Benefit?
The rates for the 2016-17 tax year are:

  • £20.70 per week for the eldest or only child
  • £13.70 per week for each additional child

To claim child benefit, click to download the form from this link.

If you’re unsure what you can claim or want to know of the other benefits you can claim if you’re unemployed, have a low income or anything else, visit Money Advice Service or GOV.uk

Whilst the above is helpful for the best start in life, everyone is entitled up to a year of maternity leave.

  1. Statutory Maternity Leave
  2. Paternity Leave
  3. Shared Parental Leave

The NHS Life Choices website and GOV.uk can help with acknowledging what is best for you. Every parent has a right to certain benefits, ChildCentre can help you with everything you need to know.

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