The problem comes from a change, made inthat sees self-employed people pay their National Insurance contributions yearly, with their tax returns, rather than weekly. But it would not pay her full entitlement until she had paid her outstanding Class 2 contributions. Their statement said: Once this is paid the women should receive their full, backdated allowance. But she could not make this payment until an invoice had been issued. Certainly no one should be waiting eight weeks allowance backdating Maternity such a critical financial time in their lives. This meant two months of no money coming in. My baby is now 16 weeks old and I still struggle with anxiety and guilt related to the stress of working while trying to breastfeed and care for my child. She said: It then informed her there would be a further day wait before her full allowance was paid. The year-old self-employed garden designer says: The department then writes to the mothers informing them of their lower allowance backdating Maternity, before notifying HMRC, which in turn writes to the pregnant women inviting allowance backdating Maternity to allowance backdating Maternity a voluntary National Insurance payment for 13 weeks.