Once your child is born you are entitled to a childbirth allowance. This is a paid as a lump sum. You can apply for the childbirth allowance as early as the sixth month of your pregnancy.
Once your bundle of joy has been born, you are also entitled to child benefit. This is an amount you receive every month. For most people, childbirth allowance and child benefit is paid by the 'kinderbijslagfonds' (child benefit fund).
As a mother, you are also entitled to maternity pay during your maternity leave. This is paid by your health insurer. The first 30 days of maternity pay are calculated at 82% of unlimited salary; from the 31st day this is calculated at 75% of limited salary.
During your pregnancy, you are entitled to up to 15 weeks’ maternity leave. You must take a minimum of one week and a maximum of 6 weeks maternity leave before the birth. After the birth, you must take a minimum of 9 weeks’ leave and, depending on the number of weeks’ maternity leave you took before the birth, you can take a maximum of 14 weeks' maternity leave. Information for men: the father is entitled to 10 days' paternity leave, counted from the day on which the baby is born.
You may also be eligible for breastfeeding leave, but there is no general statutory scheme for this type of leave. Your employer may have a collective labour agreement (CAO) for this, often without pay. If your employer does not have a scheme for this, you can request breastfeeding leave. During this leave you will not receive any allowance from your health insurer.
Finally, you are also entitled to four months of parental leave. New dads are also entitled to this. There are a number of ways in which you can take parental leave. You can choose to stay off work for 4 months. Or you can choose to work half-time for eight months or to work 4/5 of your usual hours for 20 months. Please note, however, that parental leave cannot be taken by agency staff.