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If you become a mother, you can receive maternity benefit during the protection periods before and after childbirth and for the day of childbirth. You can apply for maternity benefit either from your statutory health insurance fund or from the Federal Social Security Office (BAS).

You can receive maternity benefit during the periods of protection before and after childbirth and for the day of childbirth. The maternity protection periods normally start 6 weeks before the birth and normally end 8 to 12 weeks afterwards.

If you have continued to work voluntarily during the protection period and before the birth of your child, this will affect your maternity pay:

  • If you continue to work in full, no maternity benefit will be paid alongside this; it will be suspended.
  • If you continue to work only part-time or by the hour, you will normally receive maternity benefit. However, the partial pay that you continue to receive will be deducted from the maternity pay if it is subject to contributions.

In both cases, it does not matter whether you are an employee or self-employed.

You will also receive maternity benefit if you received sick pay before the start of the maternity protection period. Even if you become ill during the maternity protection period, you will continue to receive maternity benefit.

If you are a member of the statutory health insurance scheme, you must submit your claim for maternity benefit to your health insurance fund. Please use the form that you receive from your health insurance fund.

If you are privately insured or have family insurance and are employed at the beginning of the maternity leave period, you should submit your application to the Federal Social Insurance Office (BAS). This also applies if you have a marginal employment relationship, i.e. a mini-job.

The amount of maternity benefit

The maximum amount of maternity benefit is EUR 13.00 per day. It is based on your average net wage for the last 3 calendar months before the start of your maternity protection period. If your net wage was higher than EUR 13.00 per day during this period, your employer will pay you the difference.

However, the amount of your maternity benefit also depends on your insurance status:

  • as a legally insured employee, regardless of whether you are voluntarily or compulsorily insured: a maximum of EUR 13.00 per day, paid by your health insurance fund
  • as a legally insured unemployed person: maternity benefit in the amount of your unemployment benefit
  • as a family-insured employee, with at least a mini-job: one-time maximum of EUR 210.00, paid out by the Federal Social Security Office
  • as a self-employed person, voluntarily insured in the statutory health insurance with entitlement to sickness benefit or insured without entitlement to sickness benefit but with at least a mini-job: maternity benefit in the amount of the sickness benefit or a maximum of EUR 13.00 per day, paid by your health insurance fund
  • as a privately insured employee, but with at least a mini-job: one-off maximum of EUR 210.00, paid by the Federal Social Security Office

Exclusively self-employed women who are insured with a statutory health insurance fund without entitlement to sickness benefit or who have private health insurance do not receive maternity benefit.

  • Medical certificate of the estimated date of birth

In addition, if you are applying to BAS:

  • Application form
  • if you have not received a certificate of the calculated date of birth: Birth certificate
  • Certificate of employment

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: no
Personal appearance required: no








Related Links

  • Antrag zum Mutterschaftsgeld auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Soziale Sicherung
Bundesamt für Soziale Sicherung, Servicetelefon der Mutterschaftsstelle

Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ) - Servicetelefon

Preconditions

You can apply for maternity benefit from the statutory health insurance fund if you are

  • are expecting a baby or have already had one
  • are employed and
  • are a member of a statutory health insurance fund; family insurance is not sufficient.

You can apply for maternity benefit from the Federal Social Security Office if

  • you are expecting a baby or have already had one,
  • you are privately insured at the beginning of the six-week protection period
  • you have private health insurance, or
  • you have family insurance with a statutory health insurance fund, and
  • you are in an employment relationship in which you do not receive any pay because of the maternity protection period, or
  • your employer has terminated the employment relationship during your pregnancy or the protection period after childbirth with the consent of the competent authority.

Related Links

  • § 19 Mutterschutzgesetz (MuSchG)
  • § 24i Sozialgesetzbuch Fünftes Buch (SGB V)
  • Zweites Gesetz über die Krankenversicherung der Landwirte (KVLG 1989)

Related Links

  • Informationen zu Mutterschaftsleistungen auf der Internetseite des Familienportals des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
  • Informationen zum Mutterschaftsgeld auf der Internetseite des Bundesamts für Soziale Sicherung
  • Broschüre "Leitfaden zum Mutterschutz" auf der Internetseite des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend

Depending on your insurance status and professional situation, you can apply for maternity benefit either from your statutory health insurance fund or from the Federal Social Security Office (BAS).

Apply for maternity benefit from your statutory health insurance fund:

  • Contact your health insurance fund or go to the website of your health insurance fund.
  • Complete the application form in full and submit it to your health insurance fund with all the required documents.
  • Your health insurance company will check your documents and, if necessary, contact you with any queries.
  • You will receive a written confirmation and the maternity benefit will be paid to you.

Apply for maternity benefit online at the Federal Social Security Office:

  • Access the online application for maternity pay.
  • Fill out the form completely.
  • Scan and upload the required documents.
  • After submitting the application, you will have the option to print your application for your records.
  • The online application is valid without a signature. Therefore, you do not need to additionally submit your application or printout by mail.
  • BAS will review your application and send you an acknowledgement of receipt by mail as soon as possible.
  • You can check the status of your application at any time on the Internet at status.mutterschaftsgeld.de.
  • You will receive written confirmation and maternity benefit will be paid to you.

Apply for maternity benefit in writing to the Federal Social Security Office:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Social Security Office and download the application form there.
  • Complete the form in full, sign it and send it with all the necessary documents by post to the BAS.
  • Please note: The BAS only archives the documents you submit in electronic form and destroys the originals. You will therefore not receive the originals back. However, you can obtain a certified copy from the BAS if needed.
  • The BAS will check your application and send you an acknowledgement of receipt by post as soon as possible.
  • You can check the status of your application at any time on the Internet at status.mutterschaftsgeld.de.

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Last update or date of publication
22.07.2021