The maternity allowance is an income replacement, which is paid to expecting mothers during their maternity protection period (6 weeks before and 8 weeks after birth, respectively 12 weeks in case off preterm delivery or multiple birth) by the public health insurance or the federal social insurance authority as a financial support. Generally, it can be claimed by any woman in employment with a loss of income and a public health insurance.
In isolated cases, a distinction has to be made between:
The maternity allowance (except for the employer’s contribution) is deducted from your parental allowance, but it is tax-free and free from deductions for social security contributions.
If you have further questions about maternity allowance, please talk to your health insurance company or to the federal social insurance authority:
federal social insurance authority
Office for maternity allowance