Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave Private Sector

Female employees, insured under SVb’s sickness insurance, are entitled to compensation for maternity leave, this effectively being days off work before and after childbirth. Maternity leave is for a total period of 12 weeks.


To receive the compensation days, the female employee must meet the following requirements:
The female employee must be registered with SVb as an employee.
The employee must bring the midwife’s or medic’s statement of the calculated birth date.
The employee must submit all documents at least two (2) months before the maternity leave date, preferably three months before the birth date.

As soon as the employee complies with the above three requirements, SVb gives a letter to the employee indicating the period of maternity leave. The employee must provide a copy of this letter to their employer.

These documents can be sent to our email medisch@svbaruba.org.


SVb compensates maternity leave for a total of 12 weeks. The employee may divide the leave from 4 to 6 weeks before delivery and the remainder of 12 weeks after delivery. If the employee gives birth on a date other than the date indicated by the midwife or medic, this date does not affect the total amount of maternity leave that SVb approves. SVb compensates 100% of the salary of the employee receiving maternity leave.

Change in the Start and Duration of Maternity Leave

If the expecting mother notifies AO between 4 and 6 weeks before the due date, the maternity leave starts on the starting date of the AO.

For example, the mother chooses four weeks of maternity leave before delivery. However, she notifies AO 5 weeks before delivery; which means that the mother’s maternity leave takes effect from that moment.

You should also note that:

  • If the baby is born during maternity leave before the stipulated date, the total of 12 weeks of leave will still remain.
  • If the baby is born before the leave begins, in the case of premature birth; the 12-week leave starts from the date of birth.
  • If the baby is born after the stipulated date of birth, the total of 12 weeks of leave will still remain.

If the mother is still unable to work after the maternity leave, she must notify AO on the first day after the maternity leave.

More information

For more information, you can contact SVb Medical Administration by phone at 527-2700, via email at medisch@svbaruba.org, or through this form.