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Maternity Protection

Maternity protection means more responsibly protection for pregnant women, mothers and children." Dr. Kristina Schröder, former Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

The Maternity Protection Act applies to all expectant mothers who are in an employment relationship (civil servants excluded) and is intended to protect both the mother and the child from risks as well as financial losses caused by pregnancy.

The Maternity Protection Act comes into force when the employer has been informed of pregnancy. A short notice to your personnel administrator or human resources administrator will be enough. This notice should include the expected date of labor. (The notice from the mother will not be handed over to a third party!)

The term of protection of the Maternity Protection Act starts 6 weeks before the expected date of labor and normally 8 weeks after the actual due date (in case of multiple births or premature births, 12 weeks after childbirth).

During the periods of protection, women who are in an employment relationship (except civil servants) are financially covered by the maternity benefit of the health insurance fund and the grant of the employer (see Guidance on Maternity Protection, p. 30).  

Other important links for Maternity Protection:

Data Sheet for handling hazardous materials for expectant and nursing mothers

Maternity Protection

Parental leave, Parental benefit Plus and parental benefit 


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