Leave from work to which a woman is entitled for a continuous period before and after giving birth. 

Additional notes and information

In principle, it is a non-transferable right, unless a possibility to transfer maternity rights to the father or to another family member under specific circumstances is provided in the national law.


(1) European Commission (1998). 100 Words for Equality: A Glossary of Terms on Equality between Women and Men; (2) International Labour Organization – ILO (2007). ABC of Women Workers’ Rights and Gender Equality. Available at:…