GPs and midwives to sign forms for pregnancy grants

A midwife or doctor must sign a form to confirm that a woman is 25 weeks' pregnant in order for her to qualify for a new Health in Pregnancy grant from April 2009.

Pregnant woman (Photograph: J H Lancy/HML)
Pregnant woman (Photograph: J H Lancy/HML)

A one-off payment of £190 will be available from the 25th week of pregnancy.

It is intended to help support the general health and well-being of pregnant women in the later stages of pregnancy and to help them meet some of the costs in the run up to the birth.

The grant will be available to nearly all women ordinarily resident in the UK, providing they are not subject to immigration control.

The grant is not taxable or means-tested and will not affect claims for other pregnancy benefits such as the Sure Start maternity Grant.

 

Professor Steve Field, RCGP chairman, said: ‘The grant will make a big difference to many women in the latter stages of pregnancy and GPs and their practices will be playing their part to widely promote its availability.'

Midwives and GPs are able to order a supply of claim forms now by calling 08453 021 430.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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