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When you take time off to have a baby you may be eligible for maternity and paternity pay and leave. There are ante-natal classes listed on our family hubs pages and the NHS have a useful pregnancy information to help you prepare.
Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks. It's made up of:
You don't have to take 52 weeks but you must take 2 weeks' leave after your baby is born (or 4 weeks if you work in a factory).
Use the maternity planner to work out the dates for your ordinary and additional leave.
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid for up to 39 weeks. You get:
Use maternity pay calculator to work out how much you could get.
If you take Shared Parental Leave you'll get Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). ShPP is £140.98 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.
It usually starts when you take your maternity leave. However, if you're off work for a pregnancy-related illness in the four weeks before your baby is due, it will start automatically.
When you take time off because your partner's having a baby, adopting a child or having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement you might 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. Use the online calculator to find out what leave you can get.
If you're having a baby, or adopting a child you may be eligible for shared parental leave (SPL) and statutory shared parental pay (ShPP). Visit this link and check if you are eligible.