Having a Baby in Portugal? Find out all about Prenatal Care in the country


Are you curious about having a baby in Portugal? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve been through it ourselves! With one kiddo already born here and another on the way, we’ve got the inside scoop on all things prenatal care in the country.

First things first, let’s talk about prenatal care—it’s a big deal here in Portugal, and the best part? It’s free for all expecting mamas. Yep, you read that right! Whether you’re a local or an expat, you’ll have access to top-notch prenatal care without breaking the bank. 

How does it work?

Prenatal care in Portugal follows standard procedures established by the healthcare system of the country (SNS) to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby throughout pregnancy and childbirth. This means that pregnant women receive monitoring from obstetricians and nurses, who conduct regular examinations and provide the necessary support.

The Portuguese healthcare system (SNS) has got your back. You’ll be assigned an obstetrician and nurse who’ll take care of you throughout your pregnancy journey. They’ll keep a close eye on you and your little bean, making sure everything’s going smoothly.

During your appointments, a “birth plan” will be created, where you can share your preferences and expectations for the big day. Plus, whether you opt for the public system (SNS) or go private, you’ll have options for where you want to give birth.

Now, speaking of options, let’s talk about childbirth. 

In Portugal, you can choose to have your baby in a public hospital (yep, it’s free!) or private. Keep in mind, though, that private hospitals can come with a hefty price tag. It’s a good idea to have health insurance to help cover the costs.

After your little bundle of joy arrives, there’s still a bit of paperwork to do. You’ll need to register your newborn, and depending on certain factors, they could even become a Portuguese citizen. Oh, and don’t worry about taking time off work—maternity and parental leave are available for both moms and dads.

Plus, there are plenty of social security programs to lend a helping hand to new parents. From financial assistance to other forms of support, Portugal’s got your back every step of the way.

So, there you have it—a sneak peek into the wonderful world of having a baby in Portugal. Whether you’re a local or a newbie expat, knowing the ins and outs of prenatal care and childbirth here is key. 

Got any more questions? Feel free to ask away! We’re here to help.