I receive unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II [ALG II])/welfare (Sozialhilfe) – What benefits can I apply for as a pregnant woman?

Future mothers who receive unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II/ALG II) or welfare (Sozialhilfe) can also apply for special material and financial benefits. From the 13th week of pregnancy until the birth, you have a right to an additional payment of 17% of the standard rate. 

You may also be provided with the necessary basic equipment in terms of clothing and your home for both your pregnancy and the birth. This one-time benefit is also provided to needy mothers who would otherwise have no right to welfare. It is important that an application for the benefits is submitted before the items are purchased. The Job Centre or social service agency (Sozialamt) are responsible. 

It is also possible to apply for benefits through the Federal Foundation for Mother and Child (Bundesstiftung Mutter und Kind). 

For questions regarding financial support before and after the birth, speak to a counselling agency for pregnant women or a family counselling agency. You can get addresses from an MBE (Migrationsberatung [Immigration counselling]) office or via chat.