Practical guide: Having a child

The arrival of a child marks the beginning of a new phase in the lives of parents.

This practical guide brings together information on the rights and duties of maternity and paternity, from pregnancy to the end of children's paediatric age and information on important documents for the child such as the Citizen card or the birth certificate.

Health, parental leave, leaves and absences for working parents and adoption in Portugal are some of the topics covered. 

In this guide you will find the following information: 

For information on breastfeeding, baby care (bathing, carrying, choking, and warning signs), or the role of parents, you can consult the "Guide for Parents" on the SNS 24 portal.

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Information updated on June 6, 2021