Maternity allowance - maternity fee

Maternity Allowance: Starting Amount for expectant parents.

Pregnant? Congratulations! All children deserve every opportunity, right from the very day they’re born. To support parents in this endeavour, every child is entitled to a Starting Amount upon birth (also known as the Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium).
What is the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount?

What is the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount?

Starting Amount, Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium? These same terms are all used to describe the premium that you receive upon giving birth to a child.

In order to pay your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount, we require a certificate from your doctor specifying the expected delivery date. However, you can still apply, even if you don’t yet have a doctor’s certificate in your possession. We’ll send you a reminder when it’s time to provide us with this certificate.

  • All children born in Belgium are entitled to this one-off premium.
  • You can apply for your Starting Amount during your pregnancy.
  • You’ll receive the payment 2 months prior to the expected delivery date.
  • Applying online is quick and easy.
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Pregnant?

I apply for my Starting Amount.
Apply here
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5 months pregnant

I supply KidsLife with a doctor's certificate.
3

7 months pregnant

I receive my Starting Amount.
4

My baby has been born

I automatically receive monthly Child Benefit payments.
Everything you need to know about the Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance.

Everything you need to know about the Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance.

When should I apply for the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount?

You choose when to apply yourself! With the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund, you can apply right from the very onset of your pregnancy.

In order to pay out your Starting Amount, we require a doctor's certificate confirming that you’ve been pregnant for 5 months (approximately 22 weeks). However, you needn’t supply this certificate with your initial application; we’ll send you a reminder to request it from your doctor. So feel free to submit your Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance application right away. 

What’s the difference between the Starting Amount, Maternity Allowance and Birth Premium?

These terms basically all mean the same thing: a premium that parents receive when expecting a baby or upon the birth of their child.

The eligibility, payment amounts and names differ according to the region in which you live:

  • If you live in Flanders then it’s called the Starting Amount.
  • If you live in Brussels or Wallonia then we still use the term Maternity Allowance.

The KidsLife Child Benefit Fund ensures that you automatically receive everything to which you’re entitled! Submit your request online and we’ll arrange the timely payment of your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount.

Payment of your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount

 

KidsLife ensures the timely payment of your Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance. You’ll receive your Starting Amount 2 months prior to the expected delivery date, provided that we’ve received a doctor's certificate. 

Ready for the birth of your little one? Our handy checklist brimming with tips will help you survive those first few weeks!

Maternity Allowance and Starting Amount payment amounts

The amount of Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount that you receive depends on where you live. We've listed the amounts per region for you below. You receive this in the form of a one-off payment per birth.

Live outside of Belgium? You too can apply for the Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance. We’ll pay this following the birth of your baby.

Starting Amount per child
1190,68 euros
Maternity Allowance upon birth of 1st child

Children born before 01/11/2022 will receive 1238,82 Euro. You will always receive the correct amount from KidsLife Child Benefit Fund.

1263,57 euros
Maternity Allowance upon birth of 2nd or subsequent child

Children born before 01/11/2022 will receive 563,10 Euro. You will always receive the correct amount from KidsLife Child Benefit Fund.

574,35 euros
Maternity Allowance per child

Children born before 01/11/2022 will receive 1238,82 Euro. You will always receive the correct amount from KidsLife Child Benefit Fund.

1263,57 euros

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Want to apply for your Starting Amount or Growth Package?

Want to apply for your Starting Amount or Growth Package?

The Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance forms part of the Growth Package (the new Child Benefit).

If you apply for the Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance, then you’ll automatically receive the Growth Package or Child Benefit following the birth of your baby. This means that you needn’t submit an additional application. 

Already receiving your Child Benefit or Growth Package for your children? Or not yet receiving a Growth Package AND haven’t yet applied for a Starting Amount? Then you can submit an application for the Growth Package. The KidsLife Child Benefit Fund ensures that you never miss out on any benefits.

A baby on the way?

Pregnant or recently become a new mum or dad? Then you can request the Starting Amount. You’ll receive this one-off premium upon the birth of your little one.

Following the birth, you’ll automatically receive monthly Child Benefit or Growth Package payments.

Apply for your Starting Amount

I already have children but am not yet receiving the Growth Package.

Submit an application for your Growth Package
Your baby has been born. Congratulations! What should you arrange following the birth?

Your baby has been born. Congratulations! What should you arrange following the birth?

Already applied for your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount?

Then you needn’t do a thing. We receive notification that your baby has been born via your municipal authority and automatically commence payment of your Child Benefit or Growth Package.

Curious about how much Growth Package you’ll receive? Calculate your payment amounts here.

Haven’t yet applied for your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount?

You may still be entitled to the Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance, even after the birth of your child. Submit your application online and we’ll quickly deposit this amount into your bank account.
Since your baby has already been born, we’ll also commence payment of your Child Benefit or Growth Package. This is all automatically arranged following your application for the Starting Amount.

Frequently asked questions

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.

You can submit an application here
Apply for your Starting Amount

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.