Any pregnant woman who fulfills the
criteria set out by the Social Security Act can apply for this benefit.
Applicants employed as casual or
part-time can opt to apply for this benefit but must submit a declaration from employer
that they are not availing themselves of any paid maternity. The declaration
form must include the exact dates during which the maternity leave will be
In case of applicants employed as
teachers, those paid for summer holidays are paid this benefit but still need
to produce a letter from their Human Resources office stating the period during
which the applicant was on Maternity Leave during the summer period.
applicant should be a citizen of Malta or married to a citizen of Malta, or is
a citizen of a European Union Member State, or a citizen of a member country of
the European Social Charter, or has a refugee status and ordinarily resides in
Malta or Gozo.
applicant has to be in her eight month of pregnancy or has given birth to a
child in the six months prior to the date of the claim.
applicant must not have availed herself of paid maternity leave.
form filled in and signed by the applicant.
signed by the medical practitioner confirming that the claimant has entered the
eighth month of pregnancy and indicating the expectancy date. If applicant
applies after birth of baby, the section to be filled by medical practitioner
is not required.
payment for this benefit is issued 8 weeks before the expectancy dates or as
soon as the application is worked out. The second payment is issued 6 weeks
after birth. In the cases where the application is submitted after the birth of
the child, only one collective payment is made. Maternity
be applied for after the birth of baby and payment will be issued for the 14
weeks in full. Those who apply in the 8th month will
receive Maternity Benefit into 2 split payments, 1st
payment covering 8 weeks, the 2nd payment covering the last 6
weeks. By applying after the birth of baby, Section by medical practitioner may
be left unfilled thus avoiding unnecessary expenses.
Maternity benefit payments are
deposited directly into a beneficiary’s bank account unless the applicant is in
receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance, Age Pension or has an
outstanding garnishee order. In the case of a garnishee order, the claimant
must produce a legal document stating the details of the garnishee order.
Claimants in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance wishing to have
their Maternity Benefit payments deposited directly into their bank account may
also present a document with their request which will be reviewed individually.
Self occupied persons may apply for this benefit and are paid at minimum
weekly wage rate.
Employed persons who do not get paid for MB by their
employers may apply for MB but are paid at a fixed rate which is not related to
How to Apply
Applicants that wish to receive the
benefit must complete an application form before the child is born. The application is to be signed by a medical
practitioner confirming that the claimant has entered her eight month of
pregnancy and indicating the expectancy date. Claims made after the birth of
the baby do not require the submission of a birth certificate and must apply
within 6 months of the birth of the baby.
applicant may call at any Social Security Office (view
list here) and
Alternatively, one may download a copy of the form by visiting