Having a baby: leaflet

Guidance for parents who are expecting or have recently had a baby, or who are adopting a baby or young child.

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Applies to England, Scotland and Wales


Having a baby


This leaflet tells you about your rights to time off work, as well as when you return to work. It gives basic advice about the financial support you may get during your pregnancy and the first months of your baby’s life.

It also tells you about the benefits you may be entitled to while you are pregnant and the support available to help you buy things you will need for your baby.

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Published 1 April 2012
Last updated 13 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Published latest version of leaflet, dated April 2014.

  2. First published.