1. If you are ill due to your pregnancy, you must tell it to your employer or unemployment insurance fund which must report it to Udbetaling Danmark. As self-employed, you must apply for maternity benefits at virk.dk.
2. You will then receive a letter by Digital Post which explains how you should apply for maternity benefits or which information you must send to Udbetaling Danmark in the self-service solution “My maternity leave”.
3. If you get a letter by Digital Post that Udbetaling Danmark must have a doctor’s certificate, you must contact your doctor to have it filled in, and the doctor must then send it to Udbetaling Danmark.
You should be aware that if Udbetaling Danmark does not receive the doctor’s certificate within the deadline notified to you, this may influence your right to maternity benefits.
If your work can harm your unborn child
As the mother you can take leave earlier with maternity benefits if:
- your doctor thinks that there is a special risk for you or your unborn child
- your work can harm your unborn child.
Your employer must report your absence to Udbetaling Danmark, which sends you a letter by Digital Post. From the letter you can see which information you must send to Udbetaling Danmark in the self-service solution “My maternity leave”. (Min Barsel)
Sickness during maternity leave
If the mother of the child gets too ill to take care of the child within the first 14 weeks after the birth, the father can assume her right to leave during this period. There must be medical documentation that the mother cannot take care of the child.
If one of the parents gets ill during the 32 weeks of parental leave with maternity/paternity benefits, the other parent can use the remaining part. However, this requires that the parent on leave who gets ill, suspends their leave by notifying Udbetaling Danmark.
If you are a salaried employee or unemployed, you must contact your employer or unemployment insurance fund in case of illness.
If your child is hospitalized
If your child is hospitalized within the first 46 after the birth, and you do not return to work in the meantime, you can extend your leave by the days in which the child is hospitalized.
You can extend the leave by no more than three months altogether. However, extension does not apply to the paternity leave.
You should be aware that it is only the hospitalization that gives the possibility of the above. If the child is returned home for e.g. early home stay, the days are not counted.
If you return to work while the child is hospitalized, you can instead postpone the remaining leave with maternity benefits until after the discharge. To use that possibility, the child must have been discharged no later than 60 weeks after the birth.
Deadlines for application
As self-employed, you must apply no later than three weeks after the first day of absence.
As a salaried employee you must apply no later than:
- 8 weeks after the childbirth if you do not receive salary during the leave
- 8 weeks after the payment of salary has stopped if you receive pay during part of the leave.
As an unemployed person, you must do as follows:
1. If you are unemployed and get unemployment benefits from an unemployment insurance fund, you must tell your unemployment insurance fund about your childbirth no later than eight weeks after the childbirth.
2. When your unemployment insurance fund has told Udbetaling Danmark about your childbirth, you receive a letter by Digital Post about what you must do and about access to apply for maternity benefits. The unemployment insurance fund cannot inform them of your childbirth until on the first day of your leave. You cannot apply in advance.
3. You must apply for maternity benefits no later than eight weeks after receipt of the letter.
If you apply later, you cannot get unemployment benefits until the day when Udbetaling Danmark has received your application.
In special circumstances you can get an exemption from the deadline for application.
If you want to know more about the possibilities of getting an exemption from the deadline for application, you can read more on the Danish page at borger.dk:
You can read what you must do in case of the infant’s death on the Danish page at borger.dk: