Pregnant – What Benefits Can I Claim?

Pregnant – What Benefits Can I Claim?

Financial Help for Pregnant Women and Families

  • Public Assistance is available to pregnant women/mothers.
  • Some benefits are general and can be claimed by all; other aid is provided under specific circumstances.
  • Raising a child is a valuable service to society but is not without financial sacrifice. Therefore, the government provides financial relief to single mothers and families whose income often decreases while their expenses increase.

Do you want to know what to apply for and where to go? This article gives an overview of financial help provided by your local government.

Benefits Guide

Click on your country in the chart below. This is your benefits guide, categorized in alphabetical order. Each financial help is briefly described, and amounts are posted where applicable. Each link leads to an external site allowing you to apply.

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South Africa:

Child Support

  • The father of your baby is obligated to pay child maintenance. The amount for one child is 12% of his gross income. He pays 16% for two children and 19% for three children.

Disabled Child

Food

Housing

Living Expenses

Unemployment

Australia:

Child Care

  • Child Care Subsidy — to help pay for approved child care costs.
  • Additional Child Care Subsidy (a.k.a., JET Child Care Fee Assistance, Grandparent Subsidy, Transition to Work Subsidy), Temporary Financial Hardship Subsidy, Child Wellbeing Subsidy) One hundred hours of care is paid per fortnight.

Child Support

  • In most cases, the child's father is obligated to pay child support.

Disabled Child

  • Carer Payment: up to $987.60 per fortnight if you care for a disabled child.

Housing

  • Rent Assistance gives you extra help if you rent privately.
  • Social Housing (Make a web search for your state)

Living Expenses

Newborn Payment

Parental Leave

  • Parental Leave Pay for working women who want to take up to 18 weeks off after their baby is born. You can receive $772.55 per week. This period can be chosen immediately after giving birth or after taking maternity leave or vacation time.
  • Dad and Partner pay: Payment of $772.55 per week for up to two weeks while taking care of your child.

Tax Benefits

Unemployment

  • Jobseeker Payment: You must be over 22 to receive this payment of up to $691 per fortnight.

Baby Items

You can also call the Families and Parents line @ 13 61 50

New Zealand:

Childcare

  • Childcare Subsidy helps with preschool childcare. You would receive approx. $5.60 per hour.

Child Support

  • In most cases, the parent not living with his child must pay child support.

Disabled Child

  • Child Disability Allowance: $106 per fortnight to cover extra expenses related to caring for a disabled child.

Food

Housing

Living Expenses

Newborn Payment

  • Best Start payments are $60 per week for the first year. Payments may be extended by another two years.

Parental Leave

  • Paid Parental Leave pays for 26 weeks starting at or before birth. The maximum weekly payment is $661.12
  • Preterm Baby Parental Leave Payment is paid from the time the baby is born until the calculated 36th week of pregnancy. The payment is equal to the Paid Parental Leave payment.

Tax Benefits

  • Working for Families Tax Credit Payment, including Family Tax Credit and In-Work Tax Credit. Weekly entitlement could be around $689.00.
  • Rates Rebates up to $665 off your rates bill

Unemployment Benefits

Austria:

Germany:

Italy:

Northern Ireland:

  • See United Kingdom

Portugal:

Republic of Ireland:

Child Care

Child Support

  • Usually, the father of your child is financially responsible for paying child maintenance.

Housing

Living Expenses

Parental Leave

  • Maternity Benefit: is only for women on maternity leave who have paid into the system. You would receive €250 per week for 26 weeks.
  • Parents’ Benefit of €250 per week for up to 5 weeks
  • Paternity Benefit of €250 per week for two weeks
  • Extra Maternity Benefit is paid when the baby is premature. Here, the weeks between the birth and the beginning of scheduled maternity leave are covered at €250 per week.

Unemployment

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit is between €93.30 and €162.90 per week with an additional €40 per child under 12.

Switzerland:

United Kingdom:

Child Care

Child support

  • Prenatal: The biological father is obligated, if he has an income, to help pay for the mother’s pregnancy expenses, including maternity clothes and vitamins.
  • If able, both parents must contribute to the cost of raising their child until the child turns 19. The parent who does not live with the child usually pays child support.

Disabled Child

Food

  • Healthy Start (Best Start in Scotland) helps you receive nutritious food. 

Housing

Living Expenses

  • Child Benefit of £21.80 for the first child and £14.45 for any additional children.
  • Universal Credit of £265.31 per month for under 25-year-olds and £334.91 per month for over 25-year-olds.

Newborn Payment

Parental Leave

  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP): You are eligible if your weekly earnings exceed £123. You would receive 90% of your regular pay for the first six weeks. For the next 33, you would receive up to 90% of your average income, not exceeding £156.66.
  • Maternity Allowance is for women who are working but cannot receive statutory maternity pay. This payment is given for up to 39 weeks. The amount is equal to Statutory Maternity Pay.
  • Paternity Pay and Leave of 90% of pay, up to £156.66 for 1-2 weeks
  • Shared Parental Leave and Pay of up to a combined 50 weeks’ leave and 37 weeks of pay. The amount is 90% of the parent’s salary for up to £156.66 per week.
  • Extra Maternity Benefit is paid when the baby is premature. Here, the weeks between the birth and the beginning of scheduled maternity leave are covered at 90% of average pay.

Tax Benefits

  • Council Tax Reduction: This substantial reduction varies according to location. Ask your local council for details.
  • Child Tax Credit is income dependent and is paid until your child turns 16 or completes their education.
  • Working Tax Credit for single parents who work at least 16 hours a week.
  • 30-Hour Element: Extra tax credit for single parents who work at least 30 hours a week.

Unemployment

Canada:

Child Care

Child Support

  • Usually, the father of your child is financially responsible for its upbringing by paying child support.

Disabled Child

Food

Living Expenses

Tax Benefits

Unemployment Benefits

United States of America:

Where to Start: The extensive list of resources can be overwhelming. First, go to your local Medicaid office. Here you can apply for several of the resources listed below.

Child Care

Child Support

  • Paternity needs to be established for the mother to receive child support.

Food

Housing

Insurance

Living Expenses

Newborn Payment

Tax Benefits

Unemployment Benefits

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