A maternity grant is given by the National Insurance Institute to all women who have given birth regardless of whether or not they work.
|Family's first child||1,751 NIS|
|Family's second child||788 NIS|
|Third child or more||525 NIS|
|For every child after the third child born||525 NIS|
|Birth of twins||8,757 NIS (8,594 NIS previously)|
|Birth of triplets||13,136 NIS|
|For a birth that is more than triplets||13,136 NIS plus 4,379 NIS for each additional child in that birth|
Who is Eligible?
- Women who have given birth in a hospital or are hospitalized immediately after giving birth. As of 01.06.2017, a woman who had a home birth may also be eligible (see details below).
- A woman is eligible is she is one of the following:
- An Israel residents or the spouse of an Israeli resident (even if the birth was abroad).
- One who works in Israel or whose spouse is employed in Israel for at least 6 consecutive months immediately prior to the birth, even if they are not Israeli residents (excluding residents of autonomous areas), on condition that she gave birth in Israel.
- According section 39 of the Social Security Law, birth is defined as the birth of a living fetus, or birth after 22 weeks of pregnancy. This means that women who give birth after the 22th week of pregnancy to a stillborn or to a baby who dies after birth are still entitled to a maternity grant.
- Adoptive parents are entitled to an adoption grant of equivalent value to a maternity grant. For more information, see: Adoptive Parent Grant.
- In cases of surrogacy done in Israel, both the surrogate mother and the intended mother are entitled to a maternity grant. For more information, see:
- In cases of surrogacy done abroad:
- The intended parent who is an Israeli citizen, whether a homosexual couple or single parent, is eligible to a maternity grant for intended parents in the surrogacy process - provided the other spouse did not receive a birth grant as an adoptive parent.
- A surrogate mother who is not Israeli is not entitled to the grant.
- As of 01.06.2017, a woman who gives birth without hospitalization is eligible for a maternity grant.
- In order to claim the right, the doctor or midwife present at the birth should submit a statement to the Ministry of Health affirming their presence at the birth and that the birth was done in accordance to the regulations of Home Birth set forth by the Ministry of Health.
- The Ministry of Health will do the necessary checks and will update the National Insurance Institute about the home birth (there is no need to submit a claim to the National Insurance Institute in order to claim the right).
- Women who are not hospitalized may be entitled to an equity grant.
- For more information see Equity rant to those who grant requests were denied
How to Claim It?
- A claim is submitted to the National Insurance Institute through the hospital. The mother must bring her national identification card (תעודת הזהות) and her spouse's (if she has one) to the hospital with her and submit them to the hospital. She will also give the hospital her bank account number (hers or her spouses).
- Parents who are not Israeli residents (they do not have Israeli national identification cards), Mothers who gave birth in an Israeli medical institution that does not have an arrangement with the National Insurance Institute (excluding residents of autonomous areas), and adoptive parents must submit a claim for the Maternity Grant at the National Insurance Institute branch closest to their place of residence.
- The grant will be transferred directly to the recipient's bank account within one month of the date of birth. If the grant is not received, one should refer to their local National Insurance Branch.
- In the event that the mother passes away during the childbirth, the right to the maternity grant passes on to the father.
- Women who give birth to 3 or more children at once or adopt 3 or more children under the age of 10 as part of the same adoption process are entitled to receive a monthly childbirth allowance in addition to the maternity grant.
- Parents who are entitled to the Child Allowance for their children should also open a Savings Plan for Each Child.
Laws and Regulations
- The National Insurance Law clauses 42,44
- Circular 1411 dated 01.04.2009 mothersMaternity Benefit Payments same-sex couples.
- Circular of the National Insurance Institute No.1458, dated 24.05.2017 Payment of Maternity Grants for Home Births.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.