Pregnant mums covered by the Korean National Health Insurance System (either through their employer or their spouse) qualify for government support up to a limit of 500,000 KRW, that can be used in the hospital for pre-natal appointments and at a limited selection of baby supply stores.
The money is transferred onto a prepaid card called Kukmin Haengbok Card (previously known as “GoEun Mom Card”). In order to apply for the card, moms need a note from their doctor confirming the pregnancy, as well as their passport/ARC.
Following application, the card will arrive in the mail a couple days later, and can be used immediately up until 60 days after the Estimated Due Date. The card can be used to cover for birth and any leftover sums can be used to pay for baby related doctor visits and shots.
Note: At the moment unfortunately the Card cannot be used to pay for doula services or prenatal classes.