Having a Baby in Brazil



For working expat women in Brazil who are pregnant, the provisions of the law regarding benefits are favourable.

Benefits for expat mothers-to-be in Brazil match the standards set by most industrialised nations. Included in the benefits is time off for check-ups, sick leave and special workload considerations, such as exemptions on heavy-duty tasks. Maternity leave has been extended from 120 to 180 days, although some private companies can opt not to grant the supplementary 60 days, or at least not grant them with pay. Hospital bills are usually covered by private insurance companies if an insurance plan has been acquired.

For all babies weighing more than 2kg, a tuberculosis vaccination shall be given right after birth as part of the post-natal care given by the hospitals in Brazil.

Maternity healthcare

Mothers-to-be can benefit from basic vaccinations provided by the government against tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, and rubella. However, because of the long process that one has to go through before receiving any of these services, many mothers opt to get these vaccinations from private institutions or private health insurance. It is advisable that expat mothers avail of their international health insurance.

Naturally, a newborn baby must be registered at the Civil Registry office. However, for children whose parents are non-Brazilian nationals, it is a must that the birth be reported to the nearest embassy in Brazil of the infant's nationality so the Birth Certificate can be issued from the home country of the parents.


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