As a woman, as soon as you discover that you are pregnant, you should seek the advice of a Medical Practitioner to enable you to determine when you may expect to take maternity leave. Inform your employer in sufficient time about your expected leave.
A claim for Maternity Benefit must be accompanied by:
In the case of a claim made before the date of confinement:by a certificate issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner, stating the expected date of confinement (Claim form for Maternity Benefit Allowance (MB1,MC3 & Grant (MC3A or MC3B & MB2)
In the case of a claim made after the date of confinement: by a certificate issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner or Midwife as to the actual date of confinement.
When making a claim for a Maternity Grant, you should apply within three weeks after your baby is born. If you delay unduly, without giving adequate reasons for such delay, you may lose your benefit.
When Claiming for Maternity Grant based on your husbands’ contribution, an original copy of your marriage certificate should be submitted with your claim form.
It is important that you state your own or your husbands Social Security Number on any form of correspondence connected with any Maternity Benefit that is being claimed. If you do not know these numbers, do not allow this to delay your claim for Benefit. Contact your nearest Social Security Office for assistance.