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

The Starting Amount is the new name for the Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium in Flanders. Brussels and Wallonia still refer to this as the Maternity Allowance.
These terms all refer to the same thing: the amount that you receive during pregnancy or following the birth of your child. Curious about how much Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount you will receive upon the birth of your child? Use our handy simulation tool

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Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

Who is eligible to apply for the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount?

Pregnant? Congratulations! All mothers, fathers or co-parents to-be can request the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount.
You can apply right at the very onset of your pregnancy. The payment can be made from 2 months prior to your expected delivery date.