Having a Baby in Denmark



Expectant mothers in Denmark will be given a vandrejournal or a pregnancy chart that will monitor all relevant information about her pregnancy. The chart is given when visiting/consulting with a doctor or midwife and will be useful when applying for maternity leave. When using the national healthcare in Denmark, the assigned doctor will confirm the pregnancy and refer the expectant mother to a midwife (jordemoder, meaning earth mother). All women see midwives during pregnancy. Private midwives costs approximately DKK18,900.00 (about USD$3,246.00) and can sometimes be more expensive for foreigners.

Most Danes give birth at public hospitals' maternity ward. However, women have the choice to give birth at hospitals, at home, or even in water that is becoming a trend. Birth at home is not covered by someprivate health insurance companies. Consult doctors and midwives to recommend a suitable birth giving theoption. After giving birth, the midwife will provide a birth registration form that needs to be submitted to the Registrar of State Church, who will issue the birth certificate. Registration should be done 14 days after the birth of the child. Any cost incurred in any private hospitals will not be refundable by the state. Expats who want to use private health care are strongly recommended to purchase international health insurance in Denmark that will cover maternity costs.

A child born in Denmark does not automatically acquire Danish citizenship. If one or both of the parents are a citizen of Denmark, the infant will become a Danish national. If one of the parents is a foreigner and the parents are not yet married, the child can become a Danish national if the parents marry after the child's birth.



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