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When you are pregnant you are entitled to a number of benefits. Once you have given birth, or have adopted a child, both you and your partner are entitled to maternity/paternity leave.
If you are employed and pregnant, you are entitled to 52 weeks (1 year) of maternity leave, no matter how long you’ve worked for your employer. It’s made up of:
You have a range of rights during this period and can also request that your employer provide flexible working arrangements if you decide to return to work at the end of your leave. Your employment terms (for example, your pension contributions) are protected while you’re on Statutory Maternity Leave. If you’re made redundant while on Statutory Maternity Leave, you also have extra rights.
If you’re a father-to-be or the partner of someone who is pregnant – including same-sex partner – you could have the right to paternity leave.
You may be eligible for:
You may not get both leave and pay, and there are rules on how to claim and when your leave can start.
Find out more about your employment rights when on leave.
You also qualify for benefits if you’re pregnant and unemployed or on a low income.
Shared Parental Leave is designed to give parents the flexibility to decide when to return to work and allow families to spend time together in the early stages of a child’s life.
Find out about adoption pay and leave.
New Epilepsy content has been added to our Maternal Medicine Existing Health Conditions page. Follow the link below to read it, and information about other health conditions.
Issue 14: Maternity and paternity leave and benefits
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