What should you do after giving birth?
If your child is born in Belgium,
you should provide us with an original copy of the birth certificate to receive childbirth benefit. You will receive this when you register your child with the registrar.
If your child is born in another Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA),
we can send the childbirth benefit abroad provided that you are still employed on the day of birth. If you are self-employed, you may not apply for childbirth benefit in this case. If your child is born in France or Luxembourg, you should apply for childbirth benefit there. You should also register your child in Belgium as soon as possible.
If your child is born outside the European Economic Area (EEA),
you receive childbirth benefit if you stay abroad with the child for no longer than two months. If you are staying abroad for a longer period, you must get individual dispensation from FPS Social Security in order to receive childbirth benefit.
If you are seconded abroad by your employer but are still subject to Belgian social security contributions, you need no individual dispensation in order to receive childbirth benefit. If you still have a question, be sure to get in touch with us. We will be happy to help you further.
Are you a self-employed mother?
If you are a mother and self-employed as your main occupation or are a co-operating partner with maxi-status, you are entitled to maternity assistance after the birth of your child in the form of service vouchers. Your social insurance fund will take care of this for you and no action is needed on your part.