Having your baby in Brazil – how does it work?

It’s true, Brazil is well known for its love of red tape and bureaucracy. Many travellers come to Brazil and manage to navigate their way through the birthing and immigration processes by themselves, but this does come with its own stresses and strains, particularly if you don’t speak Portuguese well.

Even staff who work in Brazilian government institutions can be unclear about the rules for foreigners. If you’re not confident of your rights and of how the processes work, it’s all too easy to be given the run around. That’s where we come in.

Our process is as follows:

  • If you need a Brazilian tourist visa, you will need to obtain this yourself before you travel.
  • We will ensure your accommodation is booked before your arrival (please note, high season in Florianópolis is between November and end of February each year).
  • We recommend that you arrive in Brazil before your 35th week of pregnancy or earlier. You can arrive later, but you will need to check the rules with your airline. We will advise you of the documents you will need to bring with you before you depart.
  • In your first few days in Florianópolis, we will accompany you to get the initial documents needed to begin the process.
  • We will take you to the public/private hospital for a tour of the facilities. We’ll be there to translate if need be, so you can ask questions. There are English-speaking staff at the hospitals we work with. If you are planning a home birth, we will connect you with the experienced team of midwives that we work with.
  • Once your baby is born, you normally will stay for 2 nights in the hospital. We will handle all the paperwork from this point, organising your baby’s birth certificate, gathering the necessary declarations and documents that you will need for your applications for your baby’s passport and your permanent residency.
  • We will accompany you to all your appointments for your applications, so we can translate and assist as required.
  • Permanent residency visas take approximately two months to be created. However, if you wish to travel home as soon as your necessary appointments are complete, you can do so. We can collect your permanent residency visas on your behalf and can send them to you in your home country.
  • Please remember that you cannot travel home with your new baby until their passport has been created. We recommend you allow at least 5 weeks after the baby’s birth for this document to be created.
  • Our experienced team are here to help you every step of the way, so you can focus on the things that really matter – like taking care of your family.