NHIF Linda Mama Registration – How To Register for Free Maternity Cover, Apply for Card, and More

Learn about NHIF's Linda Mama initiative and how it provides affordable maternity care for expectant mothers. Register now for peace of mind.

Aug 12, 2023 - 13:06
Aug 12, 2023 - 13:27
NHIF Linda Mama Registration – How To Register for Free Maternity Cover, Apply for Card, and More
Everything You Need to Know About NHIF's Linda Mama Initiative

Are you an expectant mother, or do you know someone who is? If so, you're probably aware of the challenges and concerns of ensuring quality healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. Fortunately, the NHIF Linda Mama initiative is here to provide a solution. This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need about NHIF's Linda Mama program – from eligibility criteria and registration processes to benefits and available hospitals. By the end of this article, you'll clearly understand how to access free maternal care for you and your newborn. Let's dive in!

Key Takeaways:

  1. Linda Mama is a government-sponsored free health insurance program for expectant mothers.
  2. The scheme provides comprehensive maternity care services, including antenatal, delivery, and post-natal care.
  3. Registration can be done via mobile phone, online portal, contracted healthcare providers, and various centers across Kenya.
  4. It targets pregnant women who cannot afford medical coverage, ensuring equitable healthcare access.
  5. The service is accessible in all NHIF-accredited hospitals across Kenya.

What is Linda Mama and How Does It Work?

Linda Mama is a government initiative introduced by NHIF Kenya to address the financial barriers that often prevent pregnant women from accessing quality healthcare services. This initiative strives to make maternal care affordable and accessible, thereby contributing to the overall improvement of maternal and child health as part of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda.

Eligibility Criteria and Registration Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

Pregnant women in Kenya can join the Linda Mama Free Maternal Services program, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Pregnant women aged 18 years and above should register using their national ID cards and Antenatal care data.
  • Pregnant women under 18 should be registered using their guardians' national ID cards and Antenatal care records.
  • Pregnant women without IDs or guardians can be registered using Antenatal care records.

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Registration Methods

NHIF Linda Mama Registration

To ensure that all eligible pregnant women can access the Linda Mama program, NHIF provides various registration methods, making the process convenient and accessible. You can register through:

  • Mobile Phone: Using the USSD code *263#, you can complete the registration process within minutes.
  • NHIF Registration Portal: Access the NHIF website's portal for a straightforward online registration process.
  • Contracted Health Care Providers: Visit a contracted healthcare provider for assistance in registering.
  • NHIF Service Centers: NHIF service centers can guide you through registration.
  • Huduma Centers: These centers provide government services and are available countrywide.

How to Register for Linda Mama

Mobile Phone Registration

Follow these steps to register for Linda Mama using your mobile phone:

  1. Dial *263# and select the registration option.
  2. Choose your preferred language.
  3. Select the Free Maternity scheme.
  4. Provide your ID number for verification.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the registration process.
  6. After successful registration, you'll receive a confirmation SMS.

NHIF Registration Portal( Click here to Register as Linda Mama Guardian And here As Linda Mama Hospital)

For online registration through the NHIF portal, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the NHIF registration portal.
  2. Choose the appropriate category (Self Employed, Employed, or Employer).
  3. Enter your National ID/Passport/Alien ID.
  4. Fill in all required form fields.
  5. Attach scanned copies of your ID/passport, passport-size photo, and marriage certificate if applicable.
  6. Confirm your details and submit the registration form.

Remember, proper registration ensures you and your newborn can access quality healthcare without complications.

Linda Mama Hospitals List

We've compiled a list of accredited hospitals under the Kenya Free Maternity scheme, providing options for accessing quality maternal care based on location.

Some of these hospitals include:

County Hospital Code Name Nearest NHIF Office
Nairobi 22202576 Afya Medical Clinic, Dagoretti Market (Private) Nairobi
Nairobi 8000931 Arrow Web Hospital(Private) Buruburu
Nairobi 80002076 Bahati Community Hospital(Private) Buruburu
Nairobi 80001931 Cana Family Clinic / Resource Centre(Private) Industrial Area
Nairobi 80001434 Communal Oriented Services International(Private) Industrial Area
... ... ... ...
Kiambu 2220153 Thika Nursing Home(Thika)- (Private) Kiambu
Kiambu 2220365 Transcon Wendo’ Medical Services(Private) Ruiru
Mombasa & Kilifi 77792703 Jambo Healthcare Limited(Private) Mombasa
Mombasa & Kilifi 77792356 Joy Medical Services(Private) Mombasa
... ... ... ...
Kwale, Taita Taveta, & Lamu 77742230 PendoDuruma Medical Centre-private Ukunda
Kwale, Taita Taveta, & Lamu 77742562 Qatar Medical Clinic-private Ukunda
... ... ... ...
Tana River County 77702225 Medina Diagnostic Ltd. Hola(Private) Hola
Tana River County 77702574 Siha Medical Home Ltd. (Private) Hola
... ... ... ...
Nakuru 00191679 A.I.C. Bethsaida Medical Centre’-Faith Based Nakuru
Nakuru 0019278 Bethania Medical Centre(Private) Nakuru
... ... ... ...


Benefits of Linda Mama Maternity Cover

One of the most significant advantages of registering for Linda Mama is the comprehensive range of benefits it offers. Let's explore the key benefits provided under this initiative:

Antenatal Care Package

Linda Mama covers various aspects of antenatal care, ensuring that expectant mothers receive the necessary medical attention during pregnancy. This includes preventive services like tetanus vaccinations, malaria prevention, and basic antenatal profiles.

Skilled Delivery and Neo-Natal Care

When it's time for delivery, Linda Mama ensures that expectant mothers can access skilled delivery services. Additionally, newborns are provided with neo-natal care to ensure their health and well-being from birth.

Post-Natal Care

The post-natal care package extends up to six weeks after delivery. This includes personalized visits and assessments for mothers and newborns, ensuring both receive appropriate medical attention during this crucial period.

Outpatient and Inpatient Services

Linda Mama covers both outpatient and inpatient services for both mothers and newborns. This ensures that any healthcare needs are addressed promptly and effectively.

Care for Infants

Newborns also receive outpatient services, including timely immunizations and essential medical care to support their healthy development.

Are there any limitations or restrictions on the healthcare services Linda Mama covers?

There are some limitations and restrictions on the healthcare services covered by the Linda Mama program. The following are some of the limitations on the healthcare services covered by the Linda Mama program:

  • The program only covers services that are directly related to pregnancy and childbirth. This means that outpatient care for non-pregnancy-related illnesses is not covered.
  • The program only covers services that are provided in public health facilities. This means that services that are provided in private health facilities are not covered.
  • The program only covers services that accredited healthcare providers provide. This means services provided by providers the NHIF does not accredit are not covered.

You are unsure if the Linda Mama program covers your specific healthcare needs, you can contact the NHIF call center. The NHIF call center can provide more information about the program and the covered services. The Contact details are mentioned down below.

  • Headquarters: NHIF Building, Community Area, Ragati Road, Nairobi
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Toll-free Phone Number: 0800 720 601
  • Fax: (020) 271 4806
  • PO Box: 30443-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

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In conclusion, the NHIF Linda Mama program is a groundbreaking initiative to provide expectant mothers access to quality healthcare during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Registering for this program ensures you and your newborn receive the care you deserve without worrying about financial barriers. Remember, registering for Linda Mama is a straightforward process; you can choose from various methods based on your convenience. Once registered, you can enjoy a comprehensive range of benefits, from antenatal care to post-natal support, ensuring your and your newborn's well-being. Take advantage of this opportunity to secure quality healthcare for you and your baby. Register for Linda Mama today and confidently embark on your motherhood journey.


Is Linda Mama still functional?

 Yes, Linda Mama is fully operational. NHIF Kenya has clarified any misconceptions about its functionality.

Who is eligible for Linda Mama? 

Pregnant women in Kenya are eligible, with different registration methods available based on age and identification.

How can I register for Linda Mama?

 You can register through your mobile phone, the NHIF registration portal, contracted healthcare providers, NHIF service centers, or Huduma centers.

What benefits does Linda Mama offer?

 Linda Mama provides comprehensive benefits, including antenatal care, skilled delivery, neo-natal care, post-natal care, outpatient and inpatient services, and infant care.

Can I use Linda Mama in any hospital?

 No, Linda Mama can only be used in NHIF-accredited public and some private hospitals. Check the list of accredited hospitals for more information.

Is Linda Mama's cover available for cesarean deliveries?

 Yes, Linda Mama covers cesarean deliveries as part of its maternity-related services.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information about the NHIF Linda Mama program based on available sources. It's essential to refer to official NHIF channels for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding registration, benefits, and hospital coverage.

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Joseph Richard Joseph is a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science (Applied Option). With expertise in Technology and Finance, he brings his knowledge to the field, demonstrating an authoritative understanding of these interrelated areas. Joseph is pursuing a Master's in Software Engineering, further expanding his skill set.