52 weeks of maternity leave/adoption leave or up to 52 weeks of shared parental leave are entitled to all the full-time/part-time employees in the UK. You will be eligible for statutory maternity pay which is paid up to 39 weeks and in order to qualify, you should have worked at least 26 weeks with the current employer. Click here for more information about statutory maternity pay.
If you are not eligible for the statutory maternity pay due to self-employment, the recent change of employer, etc. you will be able to claim maternity allowance which is paid up to 39 weeks. Click here for more information about maternity allowances. All your employment rights are protected whilst you are on leave; these include pay rise and annual leave.
Unborn or misscarrige? You may still qualify if the baby is either stillborn from the start of the 24th week of pregnancy or born alive at any point during the pregnancy
Click here to check if you are eligible for maternity/paternity leave/pay or Maternity allowance
Extra support? Yes, you might be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child which is known as a Sure Start Maternity Grant. Click here for more details.
Any paternal benefits? Yes, you are entitled to up to two weeks of paternal/parental leave if your partner is having a baby/ adopting a child. You will be paid £151.97 a week as statutory pay or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). Please click here for more details about paternity pay.
Click here for more information about maternity benefits in NHS