All pregnant women in Germany are entitled to care from a midwife or a doctor during the pregnancy and after the birth.
A working expectant mother cannot be fired during this period.
In fact in Germany, working expectant mothers enjoy a particular form of protection known as maternity protection (Mutterschutz).
This protection begins six weeks before the birth and ends eight weeks after the birth.
Pregnant women in Germany must not work during this period. Their job is kept open for them and they can return to it at the end of their maternity leave.
They must also not work longer than 8.5 hours per day or undertake heavy physical work.
If you are pregnant and would like to receive help with issues surrounding pregnancy and birth, support before and during pregnancy, as well as medical, social and legal advice, you can contact any of the following:
– the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
– health authorities and doctors (gynaecologists)
– pregnancy counselling/unwanted pregnancy counselling
– welfare and family associations
– social services offices