Maternity benefit self-employed

Did you give birth on or after 7 May 2005 and no later than 3 June 2008? And were you an independent entrepreneur or independent professional? You may be entitled to compensation. It is estimated that 20,000 women are eligible for this regulation.

The reason for the compensation regulation are legislative changes which prevented pregnant self-employers in the period between 7 May 2005 and 3 June 2008 from being entitled to a maternity benefit. A ruling by the Central Board of Appeal from 2017 follows that these freelancers are still entitled to a maternity benefit.

The compensation will amount to approximately €5,600 gross per person. This amount is equal to the average benefit that pregnant self-employers receive in 2017. The benefit will be paid from 1 January 2019. This date was chosen because the compensation is included in the (family) income and can therefore have consequences for surcharges, such as care and rental charges.

As of 15 May 2018 you can apply for the compensation of pregnant self-employers at thUWV. The application form can be downloaded from the website. The application period runs until 1 October 2018. The UWV will not treat applications made after this date, so don’t forget! (Source:

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