Benefits for Pregnant Women
Did you know, prescriptions and NHS dental treatment is free while you are pregnant and 12 months after you have given birth? Ask your GP or midwife for form FW8 and send it to your health authority. You will then be sent an Exemption Certificate that will last you a year after your due date.
You will need to fill in form A in leaflet P11 NHS Prescriptions which you can obtain from your GP or Jobcentre Plus.
Healthy Start is a means-tested NHS scheme providing help for those who need it. Healthy Start provides vouchers to help buy basic foods and vitamins from local retailers.
There are vouchers for:
- Plain cow’s milk,
- Plain fresh or frozen fruit and veg, whole or chopped, packaged or loose.
- Infant formula milk that can be used from birth, based on cow’s milk.
- Healthy Start vitamins, specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.
Do I quality for Healthy Start?
If you’re 10 weeks pregnant of have a child under 4 years AND you or your family get:
Income Support or
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless your family is receiving Working Tax Credit run-on only*) AND has an annual income of £16,190. (2012/13).
You also qualify if you’re under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t receive any of the above benefits or tax credits.
*Working Tax Credit run-on is the Working Tax Credit you receive in the 4 weeks immediately after you have stopped working for 16 hours or more per week.
Click here to see if you qualify.