I am pregnant. Will I receive prenatal care in Iceland?
Yes, you should be offered regular doctor appointments to check your condition and that of your baby. Regularly, ultrasound check-ups are offered on the 12th and 20th week. In Iceland, it is common practice to receive the support of a midwife shortly before and during birth.
As an asylum seeker, you must contact your service provider (either the Directorate of Immigration or the Social Services) to request for appointments and any additional support.
If you are experiencing difficulties requesting your appointments or accessing appropriate information, please come to the Red Cross Open Interview Hours and talk with our staff. They should be able to guide you.
Open Interview Hours are on:
Before my baby is born, will I receive crib and basic baby clothes for the baby?
You should receive crib and basic bedding and linen supplies from the Directorate of Immigration or Social Services (depending who is your service provider).
The Red Cross will provide you with a baby parcel including blanket, clothes and other basic items.
Please keep in mind that the Red Cross does NOT have a regular service to provide carriers and/or strollers.
If I give birth in Iceland, will the baby receive Icelandic nationality?
No. If you are an asylum seeker, your baby will receive the nationality of his/her mother.
Does the Red Cross offer special assistant for pregnant women?
The Red Cross will provide you with a baby parcel including blanket, clothes and other basic items before the baby is born. After birth, the baby will also receive clothing cards to purchase clothing at the designated Red Cross shops.
Will the baby receive vaccines and special services once is born?
Yes, after your child is born he/she will get regular appointments with nurse/midwife and a doctor at your health clinic. There they will measure the length and weight of your child, observe how the child is developing and provide vaccinations. At these appointments you can also ask questions regarding your child or yourself.
If your child needs a special service once born, the doctor at the hospital/health clinic should inform Immigration/Social Service.
I am having problem accessing some services, could the Red Cross help me?
Yes. Come to the Red Cross Open Interview Hours and talk with our staff if you are:
Our Open Interview Hours are on: