Maternity and Adoption Benefit Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is the Maternity and Adoption Benefit paid?
 
The Maternity and Adoption Benefit can be paid in two ways.  If the application is made after the birth/adoption of the child, one payment covering a period of fourteen weeks will be issued.  When the application is submitted before the birth of the child two payments are issued. The first payment will cover the eight weeks of pregnancy prior to birth while the second payment will cover the six weeks after the birth of the child.  Rate payable is of €90.27 per week for a maximum of fourteen weeks.  Rate for self occupied persons is €169.76 per week for a maximum of fourteen weeks.
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2. Is the Maternity and Adoption Benefit means tested?

No. The Maternity and Adoption Benefit is not means tested.  Once the eligibility criteria is satisfied, benefit is paid.
 
 
3. Is the Maternity and Adoption Benefit given for each and every child born/adopted to a woman?
 
The Maternity and Adoption Benefit is not given for each and every child but for each pregnancy or adoption.  This means that only one Maternity and Adoption Benefit payment is issued in the case of multiple births (twins, triplets, etc).  The Maternity and Adoption Benefit is given in respect of any pregnancy, as long as the woman has entered her eighth month of pregnancy.
 
 
4. Is the Maternity and Adoption Benefit still paid to those women on maternity leave from their place of work?
 
No.  A woman who opts to avail herself of maternity leave from her place of work, shall not be entitled to any Maternity and Adoption Benefit. 
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