Pregnancy and birth

Parenting classes and family support, teenage pregnancy, employee rights when on leave, register a birth.

General information and guidance

  1. Unpaid parental leave

    Employer and employee guide to unpaid parental leave - eligibility, how much leave can be taken and notice periods

Register the birth of a child

Register a birth abroad or in the UK, changing a birth certificate. Registering a stillbirth.

  1. Adding a father's name to a birth certificate

    Re-register your child’s birth to add the father's name to the birth record or certificate at the register office

  2. Correct a birth registration

    Correct the original registration with the register office or GRO - find out what corrections can be made, who can apply, how long it takes, what they look like

  3. Register a birth

    Parents must register their child's birth within 42 days (or 21 days in Scotland) - who can register, birth certificates

  4. Register a birth abroad

    Parents must register the birth in the country where the child was born - find out if you can also register the birth in the UK

  5. Register a stillbirth

    Where and how to register a stillbirth, who can register it, financial support you may be able to get and support organisations

Working and time off when you're having a baby

Maternity allowance, paternal pay and leave, Shared Parental Leave (SPL), employee rights.

  1. Calculate your leave and pay when you have a child

    Pay and leave for parents

  2. Employee rights when on leave

    Guidance for employees and employers: employment rights when on maternity, paternity or adoption leave - keeping in touch days, annual leave, returning to work, redundancy

  3. Maternity Allowance

    Maternity Allowance is paid to pregnant women who don't get Statutory Maternity Pay - rate, eligibility, apply, form MA1

  4. Maternity pay and leave

    Your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Leave - what you get, how to claim, maternity rights and extra help

  5. Paternity pay and leave

    Your Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave - what you get, how to claim, eligibility

  6. Pregnant employees' rights

    Legal rights for pregnant employees - including paid time off for antenatal appointments, maternity leave and pay, protection against discrimination and telling the employer about the pregnancy

  7. Shared Parental Leave and Pay

    You can start Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if you're eligible and you or your partner ends your maternity or adoption leave early - eligibility, entitlement, starting SPL and splitting blocks of leave

  8. Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

    Summary of the main changes and provisions of the act and how they may affect children and families.