Thursday, April 2, 2009

Is the recession hurting prenatal care?

The British think so. Next week, all pregnant women will be eligible to receive a £190 tax-free "baby bonus" from the British government, assuming that they have consulted for health advice with a doctor or midwife. The grants will be made to women who are delivering on or after April 6. However, there will be no extra cash for twins or multiples (so no octomom incentives!). The stated purpose of the bonus is "to help [the mothers] stay well and healthy and to meet extra costs during the later stages of pregnancy," said Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.

I think this is fantastic. Prenatal care is very expensive, and I'm sure that it is one of the first things that goes by the wayside when the economy goes sour, and I'm especially glad that there's provisions for seeing a midwife. President Obama, add this to the stimulus plan!

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