medical visits and antenatal careOnce your pregnancy is confirmed you may take reasonable, paid time off for medical visits connected with the pregnancy. You are entitled to be paid for attending medical appointments both before and after the birth (up to 14 weeks after) and you are also entitled to be given paid time off to attend 5 antenatal classes and expectant fathers can also attend two.

You will need to provide your employer with medical evidence confirming the pregnancy and give 2 weeks’ notice of your medical visits. You should show your appointment card if requested by your employer at any time after your first appointment.

Antenatal Classes

Time off for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding mothers – who gave birth not more than 26 weeks earlier – are entitled to paid time off for the purpose of breastfeeding. This time off may be given in the actual workplace if facilities are provided. Alternatively, a reduction in working hours (on full pay) may be given to facilitate breastfeeding where facilities are not provided. You are entitled to one hour off in every working day to breastfeed.