Is any body else getting Incapacity benefit rather than maternity allowance? Basically I lost my job in April, applied for maternity allowance but was told that I hadn't paid enough national insurance, so I get Incapacity benefit instead. This is paid up to 2 weeks after the baby is born. I called them the other day to ask if that was two weeks from my due date or 2 weeks from the actual date of delivery. They said 2 weeks from the date of delivery (Im 10 days overdue now) they reassured me that I would still get a payment untill then. Yesterday I got a letter to say my sick notes run out today and I need to get another one from the doctor. Tried talking to the surgery and they are completely confused with the whole thing. Its bad enough anyway having to get a sick note to say I cant work after only 2 weeks of giving birth but the doctor said I need to self certify???? The benefits people say it has to be a doctors note??? Anyone on the same benefit? experiencing or have experienced this? any advice? Im worried about it and obviously don't want extra worry when Im about to give birth any day.