I am pregnant (maternity benefit)
- Discuss with the medical practitioner in charge when you can go on pregnancy and childbirth and set the precise date. On the agreed date, the doctor will issue you an electronic certificate of pregnancy and childbirth leave. It may be issued not earlier than after 30 weeks of pregnancy.
- When the doctor issues you an electronic certificate of pregnancy and childbirth leave, notify your employer so he could prepare the necessary documents regarding your leave and submit a notification NP-SD to the "Sodra".
- Submit an application to the "Sodra" (online, by post or by visiting any "Sodra" offices in person) claiming a maternity benefit covering pregnancy and childbirth.
Not later than within 12 months after the end of the period of pregnancy and childbirth leave.
You are entitled to receive maternity benefit if:
- Your doctor has issued an electronic certificate of pregnancy and childbirth leave;
- Before the first day of the pregnancy and childbirth leave you have the maternity social insurance record of not less than 12 months during the last 24 months.
- If you do not have the obligatory social insurance record because you had been on child care leave before, i.e. the employer granted child care leave for the child who was born before. In such a case, the maternity social insurance period is calculated from the period of 24 months before the child reaches 2 years of age.
You are insured under maternity social insurance:
- you are employed under employment contracts;
- you work in the civil service;
- you work under copyright contracts or contracts on the activity of sports or performers;
- you perform individual activities under an individual activity certificate;
- you perform individual agricultural activities;
- you are an owner of a sole proprietor company;
- you are a partner of a small partnership, general partnership or limited partnership;
- you are a member of a family-type child care organisation;
- you are a soldier of the compulsory initial military service or perform an alternative national defence service;
- you are a serviceman in professional military service of the national defence system, also a volunteer soldier;
- you are not employed, but you are a spouse of a civil servant and live abroad where he has been transferred to a post at a diplomatic mission, consular post of the Republic of Lithuania;
- you are a spouse of a serviceman in professional military service and live abroad where he has been transferred to a post at a mission of the Republic of Lithuania at an international organisation;
- you are a spouse a delegated person and live abroad where he has been transferred to a post at a diplomatic mission, consular post of the Republic of Lithuania;
- you are a spouse of the President of the Republic of Lithuania;
- you raise a child under 3 years of age born, adopted or fostered before.
- Persons who work under the individual activity certificate, are engaged in individual agricultural activities, are members of a family-type child care organisation, owners of individual companies, partners of small, general or limited partnerships are considered insured if they have paid maternity social insurance contributions for the last period specified in the Law on State Social Insurance.
- If you have the required maternity social insurance record but have become uninsured maternity social insurance (i.e. you have been dismissed from work, service, you have terminated your individual activity, you have interrupted your sport activity or other self-employment), you are entitled to maternity benefit.
- A pregnant woman who is not entitled to maternity benefit from the State Social Insurance Fund shall be paid a lump sum benefit to a pregnant woman under the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Child Benefits.
- An application for granting a maternity benefit.
- An application to apply the amount of tax-exempt income and, if applicable, the additional amount of tax-exempt income.
These applications can be submitted:
- Via internet through a personal "Sodra" account for an inhabitant.
- By post. When sending an application by post, a copy of the identity document approved in accordance with the law (for example notary) must be attached.
- Upon arrival at the "Sodra" department, the application will be completed and submitted to you to sign by the employee. You need to have:
- An identity document, such as a passport, identity card.
- It is also needed to know the details of the personal account to which the benefit will be paid.
- If the pregnancy and childbirth leave is not granted from the first day of the month, the employer's certificate on the amount of calculated and paid salary, applied amount of tax-exempt income, deducted and paid personal income tax may be provided by the employer. If you do not submit the certificate, the amount of tax-exempt income will be applied from the first day of the next month, and the resulting overpayment of the personal income can be recovered by declaring income to the STI.
- An employer's certificate on the amount of the insured income, if you have insured income during the period of pregnancy and childbirth leave or you receive compensation or incentive lump sums related to employment relationships. The employer may submit this certificate through the personal "Sodra" account for an insurer, where the recommended certificate form is presented.
- If during the pregnancy and childbirth leave you receive insured or other work income which is not insured income, the work performed prior to the first day of this leave must be accompanied by a document of transfer-acceptance of the work performed, a copyright contract or other document justifying the end of the work.
- If during the pregnancy and childbirth leave you receive income from work activities that are not insured income, you must provide documents confirming the amount of income received and the period for which it was calculated, for example, a salary received abroad from an international or European Union institution or foreign state institutions, certificate, accounting documents of individual enterprises, small partnerships, general partnerships and limited partnerships, etc.
The maternity benefit makes 77.58 percent of the compensated recipient’s wages. This size is calculated according to the personal insurable income received in 12 consecutive calendar months until the calendar month preceding the month when the right to maternity benefit appeared.
The Lithuanian Department of Statistics publishes the data on average monthly wages in the domestic economy every quarter. The minimal amounts of the benefit are calculated on the ground of this value.
- The minimal monthly maternity benefit cannot be smaller than 6 basic social insurance benefits valid for the last quarter before the right to maternity benefit appeared, i.e. 228 euros (6x38 euros).
The maternity benefit is paid for working days (a week of 5 working days is applicable).
If you are on the leave of child maintenance and you are granted leave of pregnancy and childbirth while expecting another child, you are entitled to maternity benefit. Both benefits will be paid to you, however, the total amount of both benefits cannot exceed 77.58 percent of the wages more favourable to you, on the ground of which the maternity benefit or child maintenance benefit was calculated.
Remark: the maternity benefits allocated before 31 December 2018 and continued after 01 January 2019, shall be paid in the amount not smaller than before 31 December 2018. When the periods of insurable income and domestic average monthly wages before 31 December 2018 are used to calculate benefits from 01 January 2019, this insurable income and domestic average monthly wages shall be increased by 1.289 times to calculate the size of the benefits.
- The maternity benefit will be paid to the personal account specified in the application.
- The decision on granting the maternity benefit must be appointed not later than within 10 working days from the date of receipt of the application with all the necessary documents and data in the "Sodra" department.
- The benefit is paid within 7 working days from the date of adoption of the decision.
The maternity benefit is paid in a lump sum for the whole period of pregnancy and childbirth leave
Please note that if your pregnancy and child birth leave covers months of two different years, you can choose how your maternity benefit should be paid whether in a lump sum or in instalments. In the latter case, the instalment of the benefit for the period until 31 December will be paid by 31 December, and the instalment for the period from 1 January will be paid after 1 January. You must mark your choice in the application form to apply the amount of tax-exempt income.
If you choose to receive the maternity benefit in a lump sum, the amount of tax-exempt income will not be applied when the instalment for the months of the next year will be taxed by the personal income tax. The beneficiary of the overcharged payment will be able to withdraw when they submit the annual income tax return for that year to the State Tax Inspectorate. By choosing the payment in instalments, the instalment of the benefit for the months of the next year will be paid by applying the amount of tax-exempt income.
The benefit is paid:
- For 126 calendar days after 30 or more weeks of pregnancy.
- In the case of complicated childbirth and if more than one child was born, the benefit shall be paid for extra 14 calendar days.
- For 56 calendar days after the childbirth if a woman has not used the right to a pregnancy and childbirth leave before the date of childbirth.
- For 70 calendar days after the childbirth in the case of complicated childbirth and if more than one child was born if a woman have not used the right to a pregnancy and childbirth leave before the date of childbirth.
The maternity benefit for women, who gave birth during the 22–30th week of pregnancy, is paid:
- For 28 calendar days after the childbirth.
- For extra 98 calendar days if the baby survives for 28 days or more.
- The benefit shall be payable for extra 14 calendar days in the case of complicated childbirth and if more than one child was born.
- For women who gave birth to a stillborn baby in the 22nd-30th week of pregnancy, the maternity benefit shall be paid for 28 calendar days after the childbirth.
The insured person who is appointed as a guardian of a new-born shall be paid a maternity benefit for the period from the date of establishment of the guardianship until the day the baby is 70 days old.