Pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience. Many expecting parents will have questions about the changes and challenges to come. If you’re in need of emotional or financial support, advice about childbirth or pregnancy termination - do not hesitate to contact one of the many specialised institutions available in Hamburg. Here, you will be treated with care, respect and confidentiality.
Pro Familia is a Germany-wide network of state-recognised family planning institutions with three locations in Hamburg. They offer a wide range of services in a variety of languages, including advice about prenatal screenings, sexuality and relationships, financial support, and legal and social issues, as well as support in pregnancy conflict and crisis situations.
Other counselling institutions include the Family Planning Centre Hamburg, Diakonisches Werk (website in German) and Caritas Network (website in German).
From paid maternity leave and job protection to monthly allowances, parents and children have access to a variety of family benefits in Hamburg. Additionally, low-income and unemployed parents living in Hamburg can apply for the so-called Hamburg Education Package (Hamburger Bildungspaket), designed to help pay for school lunches, day trips, learning material and hobbies. Inquire at your district office (Bezirksamt) or Jobcentre to apply.
In Germany, abortion is legal up to the 12th week of pregnancy, under the condition that a counselling session in a state-approved advice centre (see above) has taken place. Here, questions regarding medical procedures, costs, doctors and alternatives can be addressed in full confidentiality. Terminations are carried out now earlier than four days after the counselling session. Abortion is not free, and the procedure may cost between EUR 200 and EUR 570. However, those with a lower or no income may apply to their health insurer for reimbursement.
Note: these conditions do not apply in cases of medical necessity or crime-related pregnancies.
Anonymous birth and baby drop-box
Anyone may opt for a confidential birth at a medical facility where the newborn may stay after birth. In this way, the health and well being of both babies and those who have given birth are cared for.
If you see no other option, you may also safely leave your newborn at a so-called 'baby drop-box' (Babyklappe) located at the Altona Children's Hospital and Wandsbek Hospital.
For advice in multiple languages, call 0800 40 40 020 or contact a family planning institution (see above).