Maternity fee: starting amount when your child is born
All children should get every chance in life from the day they are born. To support proud parents in this huge responsibility, every child born and residing in Belgium is entitled to a “welcome-to-the-world” gift in the form of a starting amount, also known as a maternity fee or birth allowance.
Apply for maternity fee
You can apply for a Starting Amount or Maternity Fee as soon as you know you are pregnant. KidsLife makes this even easier with the online tool. Would you prefer to submit your request in writing? No problem!
In order for you to receive the Maternity Fee and Starting Amount, we need a certificate from your doctor stating the expected due date. Even if you don't have a doctor's certificate yet, you can still apply. We'll send you a reminder when it's time to provide us with this certificate.
Maternity Fee and Starting Amount in Euros
How much Maternity Fee or Starting Amount you get depends on where you live. We've listed the amounts per region for you below.
Do you live outside Belgium? Be sure to also apply for your Starting Amount or Maternity Fee; we will pay this amount after the birth of your child.
|Flanders||Brussels *||Wallonia *|
|1st child||€ 1167,33||€ 1238,82||€ 1238,82|
|Next birth||€ 1167,33||€ 563,10||€ 1238,82|
* Children born before 01/08/2022 will receive 1214,51 Euro or 552,05 Euro in Brussels and 1214,51 Euro in Wallonia. You will always receive the correct amount from KidsLife Child Benefit Fund.
Maternity Fee and Starting Amount payments
KidsLife ensures the timely payment of your Starting Amount and Maternity Fee. Payments will commence two months before the expected date of birth, provided that we have received a doctor's certificate.
Has your child already been born? Congratulations! After we receive your application at KidsLife, we will make sure you receive the Starting Amount or Maternity Fee as soon as possible. After all, every child deserves happiness from the very beginning.
Adoption bonus when adopting a child
There is no denying that the adoption procedure is complicated and time-consuming, but it is also a beautiful experience. Since happiness is at the core of every adoption, as an adoptive parent you are also entitled to the Starting Amount or Adoption Bonus. Using our handy online tool, you can complete your application in no time and we take care of the payment. This allows you to focus on what really matters, your child's happiness.
See our frequently asked questions
I’m pregnant; how do I request the Starting Amount?
Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re entitled to a one-off premium for your future child. This is called the Starting Amount, and is also known as the Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium.
Applying for a Starting Amount from KidsLife is quick and easy. And the payment will be deposited into your bank account prior to the birth of your child.
- To process your Starting Amount application, we require the the mother-to-be’s personal details and the expected delivery date.
- In order to pay the Starting Amount prior to your baby’s birth, we also ask you to supply a doctor’s certificate stating that you’re at least 5 months pregnant.
What information is required for a Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance application?
Pregnant? Congratulations! You can apply for a Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance right at the very onset of your pregnancy. The expectant mother’s details are the sole requirement for submitting an application. If you would like to receive the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount prior to the birth of your child, then we also require a doctor's certificate specifying the expected delivery date.
When will the Starting Amount/Maternity Allowance be paid?
This depends on when you submit your application!
After the birth
Does your application concern the birth of your first child? Then you will receive your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount via one of our weekly payments as soon after submitting your request as possible.
Does the application concern the birth of your second or subsequent child? You will receive your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount once we have received the birth notification from the municipality.
Between 7 and 9 months of pregnancy
We will pay the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount via one of our weekly payments as soon after submitting your request as possible.
From onset to the 7th month of pregnancy
You will receive the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount 2 months prior to your expected delivery date. We make the payments once per week.
How do I apply for Maternity Allowance after the birth of my child?
If the application concerns the birth of your first child, then you can submit your request online or send the birth certificate to KidsLife.
What if the application does not concern the birth of your first child and you are already a KidsLife customer? Good news! In this scenario, you needn't submit an application and we will commence payment of your Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance as soon as possible.
What happens to your Maternity Allowance in the event of a miscarriage or stillborn child?
A stillborn child may still be entitled to the Maternity Allowance. You can arrange this by reporting the stillborn child to the municipality in the first instance. In fact, this is mandatory if the pregnancy lasted more than 180 days. Once you have submitted the certificate, you need take no further action.