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International maternity insurance

Pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family. When living abroad, it’s even more important to make sure you have the cover you need. That’s why all our health plans include international maternity insurance coverage for complications of pregnancy. Our Gold plan gives you cover for routine maternity care and childbirth giving you peace of mind knowing that both you and your bump are covered from the start of your pregnancy right through to labour and beyond.

What are the maternity benefits for expats?

Whether you’re planning a family or you already have children – you’ll want to ensure you and your baby have access to the best possible maternity care throughout your pregnancy. Maternity care for expats is no exception and we’re here to explain how we can help with that. From which appointments and tests are covered, to the medical insurance cover we provide for childbirth.

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What is routine maternity care?

Maternity care is a medical term to describe the treatment and care you receive before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after childbirth. Most hospitals (and health insurance providers) think about routine pregnancy care in three stages.

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Prenatal checks

Antenatal or prenatal care simply refers to the phase between conception and birth. During this time, you’ll have regular checkups with your midwife, sonographer, and/or obstetrician to monitor the physical and mental well-being of both you and your unborn child.

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Childbirth (or labour) is of course one of the most crucial stages of pregnancy. The last thing you want to worry about when you’re in labour is the cost of care for you and your newborn child – regardless of if you opt for a vaginal birth or caesarean section.

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Postnatal care

Post-natal care refers to the care you and your newborn receive after birth. Children are at their most vulnerable just after they’re born. Your midwife and birthing doctor will be on hand to perform routine treatments, examinations and basic newborn healthcare (e.g., vitamin shots, blood tests).

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What makes our international maternity insurance cover different?

Maternity insurance for expats can be a minefield, but with an international health insurance plan from William Russell, you’re valued as a member, not a potential claimant or a policy number. From your first contact with our team, you’ll deal with a named advisor, each one an expert in pregnancy and expat maternity care. You’ll also have access to top hospitals and English speaking doctors locally.

Once you’ve had a Gold plan for 12 months, you’re eligible for additional maternity coverage benefits (such as routine maternity care, routine care of newborns, and full coverage of pregnancy complications and emergency surgery during childbirth) – with generous maximum claim amounts and an easy claims process.

Cover for your newborn baby

Once your baby is born, you’ll want to make sure they have the best possible start to life. Our Gold plan gives you maternity cover throughout your pregnancy, but it also offers cover for congenital disorders your newborn may be born with up to US$100,000* – when they are added to your plan within 30 days of the baby’s birth.

*depending on the currency of your plan

What is my newborn covered for after birth?

For Gold plan members we’ll pay for your newborn’s stay in hospital after the birth, and also the following routine healthcare:

  • Physical examination
  • Vitamin K injection
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • BCG vaccine
  • Hearing test
  • Blood tests for PKU, congenital hypothyroidism and G6PD

Complications of pregnancy

We hope that your pregnancy runs smoothly and that you and your baby are healthy all the way through. If there is a medical condition that arises because of your pregnancy – either during or afterwards – we’ll normally cover in-patient or day-patient admissions in full on all of our health plans (your normal cover limits would apply).

With a Gold plan, we also cover the cost of an emergency caesarean section when the decision to have a caesarean section is unplanned and is made by your obstetrician less than 24 hours of the birth because either your life or the life of your child is in danger. In these circumstances, we’ll cover the medical costs of:

  • The surgeon
  • The anaesthetist
  • Your operating theatre fees
  • Any reasonable hospital accommodation costs while you recover from the surgery
  • Your new baby’s stay with you in hospital

What isn’t covered?

It’s important that you know what isn’t covered by this maternity benefit. If you have any questions about coverage, please call one of our policy advisors for help. Here are some medical expenses we do not cover:

  • Your out-patient treatment for medical conditions arising from your pregnancy
  • Complications of pregnancy if you have used assisted reproduction (e.g., IVF) to become pregnant, until after your 12-week scan
  • Treatment of your newborn following assisted reproduction in the event of a premature birth (occurring within 36 weeks of conception).
  • Any surgery performed on your unborn child
  • Any genetic testing or engineering, apart from routine tests
  • Terminating your pregnancy or any treatment or tests that you need because of complications related to your termination
  • Pregnancy care within the 12-month waiting period

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Cover limits per period of cover unless otherwise stated.
Cover limits per period of cover unless otherwise stated.
Cover limits per pregnancy unless otherwise stated.
Complications of pregnancy
US$4,800 / £3,200 / €3,600
US$15,000 / £10,000 / €11,250
Treatment for congenital conditions or hereditary conditions for newborn babies
US$10,000 / £6,600 /€7,500 per pregnancy
US$100,000 / £66,600 / €75,000
Routine maternity care and routine care of newborns
US$18,500 / £12,200 / €13,875
Childbirth necessitating an emergency surgical procedure

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Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the international maternity insurance cover on our health plans. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, or would simply like to speak to one of our advisors, please call us on +44 1276 486 477.

The maximum amount you can claim for routine maternity care for you and your newborn (available only on Gold plans) depends on which currency your cover is in.

Currency Maternity benefit limit
US dollars US$18,500
Sterling £12,200
Euros €13,875

The cover is per pregnancy, so if you are expecting multiple births, your maternity care limit will still apply, regardless of the number of children born.

The complications of pregnancy benefit limit varies depending on which plan you choose. This benefit has a 12-month waiting period and as with routine maternity cover, the maximum amount you can claim depends on which currency your cover is in.

Currency Bronze SilverLite Silver Gold
US dollars US$4,800 US$10,000 US$15,000 Full cover
Sterling £3,200 £6,600 £10,000 Full cover
Euros €3,600 €7,500 €11,250 Full cover

The cover is per pregnancy, so if you are expecting multiple births, your maternity care limit will still apply, regardless of the number of children born.

This benefit applies to the treatment that your newborn receives for a congenital condition or hereditary condition (whether diagnosed as a chronic condition or not). It covers in-patient or day-patient care received within the 90-day period following birth, and is only available for Silver and Gold members.

Currency Silver Gold
US dollars US$10,000 US$100,000
Sterling £6,600 £66,600
Euros €7,500 €75,000

Please note, this cover is also only available for newborns who are added to your plan (at the same plan level) within 30 days of birth, where the premium is paid. These limits apply to each pregnancy, regardless of the number of children born.

Planned caesarean delivery

If you’re having a planned caesarean delivery (when you have decided in advance to have a C-section), whether for medical reasons or personal reasons, you’re covered provided we have more than 24 hours in advance of the birth (within your routine maternity care limits).

Emergency caesarean delivery

We hope that your pregnancy runs smoothly and that you and your baby are healthy throughout. Should you run into complications though, you are covered if you need an emergency caesarean delivery when your obstetrician decides it’s in you or your baby’s bests interests.

In these circumstances, we’ll pay for:

  • the cost of the surgeon,
  • the anaesthetists and
  • your theatre fees

We’ll also cover reasonable hospital accommodation costs while you recover from surgery – this includes your new baby’s stay with you in the hospital.

The maternity insurance care that comes as part of our health plans is designed to cover all routine pregnancy care but here are the things we do not cover:

  • Pregnancy testing
  • Pre-natal classes
  • Doulas
  • 3D or 4D fetal scans
  • Scan photographs
  • maternity care before a 12-month waiting period
  • Non-medical costs, such as nappies, clothing or registering your baby
  • Elective circumcision
  • Treatment for your new baby if your pregnancy was the result of assisted reproduction treatment and your baby is born within 36 weeks of conception

Yes, you must be a member for 12 months before you’re eligible for the pregnancy benefits.

Take a moment to check that your due date falls within your period of cover. If not, and you must renew your plan before your due date to ensure you continue to receive your maternity cover. Please also ensure you pay your renewal premium on time so that there is no break in your cover. If you have any questions about this, please call one of our advisors for help.

Even the most uncomplicated of pregnancies can still result in significant costs or expenses. Complications such as a caesarean section can see costs of maternity soar. Costs of maternity care vary from country to country; below are a few examples of how high maternity costs can be, based on claims we have received:

  • Lebanon – US$9,133 for routine maternity
  • United Kingdom – US$6,012 for normal delivery
  • Hong Kong – US$11,300 for elective C-section
  • Philippines – US$10,000 for routine maternity
  • China – US$12,000 for routine maternity
  • Thailand – US$9,500 for routine maternity

Here at William Russell, all our plans cover maternity complications. However, our Gold plan includes standard maternity care coverage, C-section deliveries, childbirth, and the health of the newborn during your hospital stay. Find out more about the benefits of our cover.

If you’re pregnant, you can still purchase a plan but it wouldn’t cover routine maternity care or pregnancy complications. There’s a 12-month waiting period before you can use the pregnancy benefits when you purchase a plan. However, for newborn cover, there is no waiting period.

No. Due to the substantial differences in tariffs, we do not cover any type of medical care or hospitalisation (including maternity) within the United States, Washington D.C., or the U.S. territories and islands as part of our general terms and conditions

Our Gold plan is the best choice for maternity cover. The Gold plan from William Russell covers your entire pregnancy, childbirth, and the health of your newborn during their initial hospital stay.

A travel insurance policy may cover some (or all) treatment that you need if you suffer from complications of pregnancy. Most policies, however, won’t cover routine childbirth or a newborn’s health and well-being. Travel policies usually cover you for short-term trips abroad; our health policies are aimed at people living abroad or spending at least 6 months of the year abroad. Our Gold plan, which is the most suitable plan for couples planning a family, gives you cover for routine maternity care and complications of pregnancy once you’ve been insured for 12 months.

Yes, we provide insurance to people of all nationalities. However, we don’t provide coverage for maternity in the United States or its territories.


How to make a claim on your international maternity insurance

We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to claim for your maternity care, and you can call one of our policy advisors at any time for help and advice. As soon as you know you’re pregnant, let us know as soon as you can. To claim, simply tell us by following these steps.

Step 1

Download our maternity claim form. Note, to see other documents and claims forms, please visit the documents page.

Step 2

Complete Section A of the form and ask your doctor to complete and sign Section B.

Step 3

Send the form along with your invoices and receipts to Keep the original paperwork somewhere safe for at least 12 months in case we need to see it.

Step 4

Once we have assessed your claim, we’ll be in touch to confirm the amounts we have reimbursed.

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