Maternity Benefit is payable if you are a working woman who gives birth to a living child regardless of the term of pregnancy or to a stillborn child if the term of pregnancy is over 28 weeks. The benefit may consist of an allowance and/or grant.
To become entitled to a Maternity Allowance you must submit a claim supported by the requisite medical certificate and have been in insurable employment for 26 weeks and have been in insurable employment for a total of 20 weeks in the past 39 weeks immediately preceding the contribution week which is 6 weeks before the expected week of confinement or the week from which the allowance is claimed.
Maternity Benefit is paid weekly at a rate of 60% of the average insurable earnings of the insured person in the last 39 weeks prior to claim date.
A Maternity Grant of $1,200.00 is payable to a woman once she or husband has been in insurable employment for a total of 26 weeks to the System regardless of whether or not she is presently employed.
Claims for Maternity Benefit should be made on the approved form(Form MB1) and submitted to the Social Security Office not earlier than six (6) weeks before the expected week of confinement but not later than six (6) months after confinement. Be sure to send a birth certificate or certificate of confinement to the Office within one month of the baby's birth.