Becoming a Parent

Diagramme Becoming a Parent: Pregnancy is confirmed; Shortly after birth; 7 weeks before parental leave; 1st years od the child's life.

As soon as you know you are pregnant
  • Notification of employer (send P-B a copy of the document given to you by your doctor containing medical information related to your pregnancy – i.e. Mutterpass)
  • Calculation of the maternity protection period (proof of the expected date of birth (e.g. copy of your Mutterpass))
  • Assessment of income tax bands (7 months before the maternity protection period, changing to a different band may make sense financially)
  • Application for maternity allowance (expected and/or actual date of birth of the child; details of your health insurance; details of your pension scheme, particularly pension insurance number; details of your current employment relationship; your bank account details)
  • Preparation of applications for parental leave and parental allowance (read application forms carefully and request necessary documents, if possible)
  • Declaration of paternity and custody if the parents are not married (certificate of descent or birth certificate of the person acknowledging the child as their own or certified copy of the family register; national identity cards or passports of both parents if the mother is present to give consent; consent of the mother)
  • Annual leave (remaining annual leave should ideally be taken before parental leave)
  • Check if you still need access to the FZJ network, e.g. to use the Intranet. There are various ways to access the network, even if you are not on campus.
Shortly after the birth
At least 7 weeks before parental leave
During the first years of the child's life

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Margaretha Wirtz

Referentin für die Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Sorgearbeit Spokesperson for reconciling work and care work

  • Equal Opportunities Bureau (BfC)
Building 04.7 /
Room 315
+49 2461/61-2624
Last Modified: 31.05.2022