What is maternity allowance (birth allowance)?

You will receive a one-off maternity allowance after the birth of the child. You can use it to make the home into which you will welcome your little one nice and cosy.

You will receive the same amount of €1.190,68 for each child. Expecting a multiple birth? The birth allowance is €1.190,68 per child. You can expect the birth allowance to be paid into your account at the earliest two months before the due date. Once your child is born, you will receive your monthly child benefit. Fully automatic, with no fuss or paperwork.

Are you expecting your little one soon? If so, apply for your birth allowance now. This can be done quickly and easily in just a few clicks using our online tool.

How do you apply for birth allowance?

In the past, your employer arranged the maternity allowance and child benefit application. You were therefore unable to choose the child benefit fund to which you were affiliated. Since the introduction of the new child benefit, you have a say in this. You can now apply for your maternity allowance or child benefit from the payment issuer of your choice.

Are you pregnant and have not yet applied for your birth allowance? No problem! You can submit your application quickly and easily using the button below. It takes just 5 minutes maximum.

In this video, we would like to show you how simple it is to apply for a birth allowance.

Are you ready to apply for the birth allowance but would rather do it on paper? This is possible. Download and complete this application form and return it to us. You can do this by sending an e-mail to info@myfamily.be or by post: MyFamily, Brouwersvliet 4, Box 3, 2000 Antwerp.

When can you apply for your maternity allowance (birth allowance)?

You can apply for the maternity allowance (birth allowance) before the birth. You will receive your birth allowance at the earliest two months before the expected date of birth. Follow the steps in our online tool and apply for the birth allowance quickly and easily.

You can also apply for your maternity allowance/birth allowance after the birth of your child. In that case, please send us the form entitled ‘Proof of birth to obtain birth allowance’. You will receive this document when you arrange the birth declaration of your child with your municipality. You will find all the possible ways to get the birth certificate to us on our contact page.

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Who receives the maternity allowance?

The mother always receives the birth allowance, even if the father or co-mother applied for the birth allowance.

What if your pregnancy does not go as expected?

Pregnancy and childbirth don’t always go as you might expect. Sometimes something can go wrong or you may be faced with a surprise you did not expect.

For example:

  • twins or multiple births. Make sure the physician’s certificate that you attach to your application for the birth allowance states that you are expecting a multiple birth. After the birth, be sure to provide us with the birth certificate to receive the birth allowance for each child.
  • A child with a specific support requirement. Report this to our child benefit coach, who will review with you whether you are eligible for care allowance.
  • Giving birth abroad. There are many international guidelines that govern the allocation of birth allowance. Contact  our child benefit coaches and they will see if you are entitled to maternity allowance or a birth allowance.
  • a still-born child. This is a tragic event, but unfortunately it can happen. Please accept our condolences to you and your family. If your pregnancy lasted at least 180 days, you are entitled to a birth allowance. You will receive a certificate from the municipality. It is best to send it to us by e-mail or post.

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What else should you do before the birth?

During pregnancy, you need to think about a thousand and one things. To make sure you don’t forget anything, here is a list of the most important things.

Initial meeting with Kind en Gezin

If you have applied for a maternity allowance, we will also offer you an initial meeting with Kind en Gezin. This way, you can meet your Kind en Gezin team during your pregnancy. They will help you and your family free of charge and voluntarily with professional help and advice during the first three years. You can find more information at www.kindengezin.be/startgesprek. You can also contact us on 078 15 01 00.

Pregnant? It’s high time for maternity leave!

Employees and civil servants are entitled to fifteen weeks’ maternity leave. You can take six weeks of this leave before the birth. In any case, it is mandatory to take one week of prenatal leave. If you are a self-employed mother, you can take three to twelve weeks of maternity leave; you choose how much. Read all about maternity leave for self-employed mothers here.

What happens after your child has been born?

Your baby is here! At MyFamily, we know that your priority is to pamper your little one and surround them with the best care, but there are also some administrative matters that need to be taken care of. To make it as easy as possible for you, we have put together a handy checklist.


Use this checklist to see what you need to do for your child. A handy reminder in case of pregnancy ‘brain’. 😉

Free service vouchers for self-employed mothers

Are you a self-employed mother and did you pay the minimum contribution of a self-employed person as your main occupation or of a co-working partner? In that case, you are entitled to 105 service vouchers after the birth of your child. MyFamily will be happy to arrange this maternity assistance for you.

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You are also entitled to an adoption allowance in the event of adoption.

After the entire adoption procedure has been completed, an adoptive child is a child of the adoptive parents. Just like all other parents, you are entitled to an adoption allowance.

If you would you like more information about the adoption allowance, you can read about it here.

Click the button below to apply for your adoption allowance. MyFamily will guide you through the application procedure step by step.

Request your adoption allowance

Any further questions

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, visit our FAQ page.

When will I receive the benefit?

The money will be in your account by the 8th of each month. The amount you receive is actually the child benefit of the previous month. Here is an example to clarify this: you will receive the amount for April by 8 May at the latest. We provide an extra payment day every week. This will allow you to receive any overdue money quickly.

If MyFamily pays your child benefit, you can quickly and easily view your payment history via our online portal. You can log in to your own digital file and consult the necessary information there.

If you would like to receive an overview of our monthly payments, take a look at the payement dates.

I am a foreign national, but the municipality is unable to issue me with a residence card. Will I receive the maternity allowance?

Start at the beginning: apply for your Maternity allowance now. The municipality will often provide you with a digital residence document by e-mail. Send this document to us via info@myfamily.be. We will then look at what the next step should be.

If you hold the nationality of a country within the European Union, you don’t need to send us anything. Once we receive your application for the Startbedrag, we will check your right of residence in the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (the National Register).

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