Neonatal nursing

Maternity, family and work

Here you'll find a range of information and advice to help you understand your rights during pregnancy and maternity leave

Are you pregnant and working and need help understanding your rights?

Do you have questions about maternity pay or concerns about returning to work? If so, our pregnancy and maternity toolkits below can help along with our Pregnancy timeline.


When you need time off work

All pregnant women are entitled to a reasonable amount of paid time off for antenatal care appointments (including parent-craft and relaxation classes). Partners also have rights. Read more about time off for appointments in our pregnancy toolkit.

If you're an employee you have the right to take time off to deal with any unexpected or sudden problem involving a dependent.  You are entitled to as much time off as you need, provided it is a real emergency. Find out more about taking time off work for emergencies in our maternity toolkit.

Parental leave allows you to take time off work to care for your child, or to spend more time with them. There are certain criteria you need to meet to qualify for parental leave. If eligible, you would be entitled to take a specified amount of time as unpaid leave. Read more about parental leave in our maternity toolkit.

Search our advice guides

See our A-Z of advice. These guides will help you answer many of your questions about work. 

Need more help?

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If your enquiry is urgent or you need to speak to the advice team, call us on 0345 772 6100, 8.30am-5pm (weekdays) and 9am-4pm (weekends).