Pregnancy and birth

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


  1. Maternity pay and leave

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

  2. Maternity Allowance

    Maternity Allowance is paid to pregnant women who do not get Statutory Maternity Pay - rate, eligibility, apply, form MA1

  3. Check if you can get leave or pay when you have a child

    Pay and leave for parents

  4. Register a birth

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

  5. Unpaid parental leave

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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Maternity benefits: detailed guide
  2. Physical activity guidelines: UK Chief Medical Officers' report
  3. Physical activity guidelines: infographics
  4. Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014
  5. Child and maternal health data and intelligence: guide for health professionals
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News and communications

  1. New physical activity guidelines issued by UK Chief Medical Officers
  2. Adding folic acid to flour: public asked views
  3. Government pilot to help parents and carers return to policing
  4. Plans to boost protections for pregnant women and new parents returning to work
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Research and statistics

  1. Children’s Health in Northern Ireland 2018/19
  2. Birth characteristics in England and Wales: 2018
  3. Births by parents' characteristics in England and Wales: 2018
  4. Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: annual data
  5. Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: 2018 to 2019 quarterly data
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Adding folic acid to flour
  2. Pregnancy and maternity discrimination: extending redundancy protection for women and new parents
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Social Fund annual report 2017 to 2018
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