This benefit is payable to insured women before or after confinement or to a husband whose wife cannot qualify on her own. Maternity Benefit is divided into two categories:
A woman is entitled to both the Allowance and Grant; however, the husband can only qualify for the Grant.
Maternity Allowance is paid after the birth of the baby or up to six weeks before the baby’s birth, at a rate of 65% of the woman’s average salary, for a period of 12 weeks (3 months).
A Maternity Grant is paid after the birth of the baby. This benefit is paid to the woman or to the husband of a woman who does not qualify for a Maternity Benefit. The woman or her husband must have paid 50 contribution weeks at any time after being registered with the NIS. (NB the or her husband can receive this benefit even if they are unemployed.
To claim a Maternity Benefit, a claim form signed by a registered medical doctor stating the expected date of confinement or the actual date of delivery must be submitted to the NIS office. Please note:
To qualify for Maternity Allowance the claimant must:
An insured person may be disqualified from receiving a Maternity Benefit if she:
Claims for Maternity Benefit must be submitted no more than 6 weeks before expected confinement or 3 weeks after the date of confinement.