Apply for maternity benefit

Under what conditions do you receive maternity benefit?

During the periods of protection before and after childbirth and for the day of childbirth, you can receive maternity allowance.

If you are a member of the statutory health insurance scheme, apply for maternity benefit to your health insurance company.

If you are privately insured or covered by family insurance and are in an employment relationship at the beginning of the protection period (including a minor employment relationship/mini-job), you apply to the Federal Insurance Office and receive a maximum of EUR 210.00 once.

Self-employed women who are not insured with a statutory health insurance fund with entitlement to sickness benefit, but who have private health insurance, do not receive maternity benefit.

Self-employed women who are insured with a statutory health insurance fund entitled to daily sickness benefit receive maternity allowance in the amount of the sickness benefit.

  • Application

  • medical certificate of the calculated date of birth

Preconditions

insured by law (employee, whether voluntarily or compulsorily insured):

  • Maternity benefit maximum EUR 13.00/day from the statutory health insurance

insured by law (unemployed):

  • Maternity benefit equal to unemployment benefit I

family insurance (employee, at least with mini-job):

  • Maternity benefit, a one-time maximum of EUR 210.00, by the Federal Insurance Office

voluntarily insured in the GKV with entitlement to sickness benefit (self-employed):

  • Maternity benefit in the amount of sickness benefit

privately insured (employee, at least with mini-job):

  • Maternity benefit, a one-time maximum of EUR 210.00, by the Federal Insurance Office

  • Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG)

  • Reich Insurance Regulations (RVO)

Related Links

  • Section 13 Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG)

The family guide provides information on all financial benefits for families, on services and on educational and counselling services for families.

Brochure "Mother protection law- Guide to maternity protection"

Service team of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Statutory health insurance funds / maternity benefit office of the Federal Insurance Office

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Last update or date of publication
13.12.2016