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Maternity package or cash benefit

If you have a child, you can apply for maternity grant from Kela. You can choose between a maternity package and a cash benefit.

Delays in deliveries of the maternity package

There have been delays in the deliveries of the maternity package. The reason for the problem has been determined and the problem has been resolved. The packages will be delivered to the customers as soon as possible. We apologise for the delays.

Can you get maternity grant?

You can apply for maternity grant if you are pregnant and

  • have undergone a medical examination by a doctor or at a maternity and child welfare clinic no later than the 18th week of pregnancy and
  • have a certificate from the doctor or the maternity and child welfare clinic showing that the pregnancy has lasted at least 154 days (about 5 months).

You can also apply for maternity grant when you are adopting a child and the provider of adoption services has identified a specific child for placement in your custody.

You can get the maternity grant if you are permanently resident in Finland. If you have moved from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland to Finland in order to work here or if you are a family member of a person who has moved to Finland in order to work here, you may also be entitled to the maternity grant.

You can get the maternity grant if you are permanently resident in Finland or work here. For instance Finns who are resident abroad on a permanent basis or asylum seekers are not entitled to the maternity grant.

In certain situations you may be entitled to the maternity grant even if you work in another country or have come to Finland as a family member of a person who works in Finland. Check your entitlement to the grant if

  • you are a family member of an employee from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland and you are permanently resident in Finland
  • you are a seaman and you are permanently resident in Finland but you work on board a vessel flying the flag of another EU or EEA country
  • you work in another EU or EEA country but you are resident in Finland on a permanent basis.

If you move abroad temporarily, that is for less than 6 months, you can usually get the maternity grant.

There are some exceptions to the six-month rule if you are staying in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland temporarily and on a one-time basis. If you are still permanently resident in Finland, you can get the maternity grant.

You are considered to be moving permanently if you move abroad for good or stay in a country other than an EU/EEA country or Switzerland for longer than six months. In such cases you usually cannot get the maternity grant.

You can also get the maternity grant if you are, for instance, a posted worker, a student or a civil servant. In such cases the stay abroad can last for more than 6 months. A family member may also be entitled to the maternity grant.

Maternity packages cannot be sent to addresses outside Finland. If you live outside Finland and you wish to receive the maternity package, you can authorise someone else to pick up your package from a Matkahuolto office in order for them to send it to you. Please note that you will have to make all necessary arrangements and pay all costs yourself.

Maternity package or cash benefit

You can choose between a maternity package and a cash benefit.

The maternity package contains baby clothes as well as care products and materials. The contents of the maternity package change annually, but the range of items usually remains largely the same.

Take a look at the 2024 edition of the maternity package.

A new edition is introduced when stocks of the previous edition run out. The maternity package is not commercially available.

The maternity grant as a cash benefit amounts to
EUR 170

The cash benefit corresponds to the value of the maternity package. The maternity grant is free from tax.

Multiple-birth families get additional maternity grants. If you give birth to 2 or more children at the same time, you will get the standard maternity grant multiplied by two for your second child, the standard maternity grant multiplied by three for your third child, etc. So, for instance for twins you get a total of 3 maternity grants and for triplets 6 maternity grants.

You can choose how you wish to take out each maternity grant: in cash or as a maternity package, in whatever combination you want. For example, if you have twins, you can choose to have two maternity packages and one cash payment.

The number of maternity grants also increases in the same way when you adopt several children at the same time.

How to claim maternity grant

  1. Use OmaKela to apply for maternity grant. You can also apply for pregnancy allowance and child benefit at the same time.
  2. Take a photo of the necessary supporting documents and send them through OmaKela. The application form includes information on which supporting documents you need.
  3. When you want to see if your application has been decided, visit our e-service. You will also see reminders of, for instance, supporting documents missing from your application. The decision notice will also be sent to your home address unless you have opted out of paper mail.

If you cannot file the application in OmaKela, complete and print out the application form for parental benefits SV 15e (pdf). Send the application and any supporting documents by mail. The address is Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.

If you live in the Åland Islands, apply for maternity grant from the municipal social services (kst.ax).

Apply for maternity grant

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Things to remember when you apply for maternity grant

You can apply for maternity grant after 154 days of pregnancy (about 5 months) if you have received a certificate of pregnancy from a doctor or a maternity and child welfare clinic. You should apply for the maternity grant no later than two months before the expected date of birth of the child.

If you are adopting a child, you can apply for maternity grant already when a specific child has been identified for placement in your custody. You must apply for maternity grant within 2 months from the date on which the child was placed in your custody.

You need a certificate of pregnancy from a doctor or a maternity and child welfare clinic showing that you have had a medical examination before the end of the 4th month of pregnancy and that your pregnancy has lasted 154 days. The certificate of pregnancy is not needed if you have already submitted it with an application for pregnancy allowance.

If you are adopting a child, submit the form Todistus lapsen nimeämisestä adoptoimista varten tai adoptiolapsen hoitoon ottamisesta SV 94 (pdf).

The maternity package will be sent to you via Matkahuolto within about two weeks of the award decision.

You will receive a notice of arrival by text message or by e-mail, according to your choice. If you have not received any notice of arrival within about three weeks of receiving the decision or if the package is for some reason returned to the sender, please call our customer service number.

The pick-up location of the maternity package is determined based on your postal code and cannot be changed.

If you choose to receive the maternity grant in cash, the money will be paid into your bank account.

Report changes in your circumstances

Remember to report any changes in your circumstances to Kela so that the benefit can be paid correctly. You can report changes via our e-service OmaKela or by phone.

Do you still have questions?

Call Kela’s customer service.

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Last modified 18/6/2024