Maternity, paternity and adoption

If you are considering starting a family or are pregnant we strongly advise you to contact us for individual advice. 

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Your rights

Your rights during and after pregnancy

Read our advice on your rights as a pregnant woman, including health and safety at work, time off for antenatal appointments, and sickness during pregnancy. BMA guidance

Adoption and surrogacy

This page provides information on rights for adoptive and surrogate parents. BMA guidance

Your contract during maternity leave

Read about your contractual rights during paid and unpaid maternity leave and on university or NHS contracts. Find out how maternity leave affects your training if you have a fixed, training, or rotational training contract. BMA guidance

Maternity leave for GPs

This page explains maternity leave entitlements for GP principals, GP registrars and salaried GPs. BMA guidance

A guide for GPs - maternity and other types of parental leave

This guide aims to direct all GPs to the information they will need about each kind of parental leave. BMA guidance

Guidance for doctors on pregnancy and breastfeeding

This guidance sets out both the legal minimum requirements, and key adjustments that the BMA recommends should be made for pregnant and breastfeeding NHS doctors, upon their request and within a timely manner. In addition, this guidance provides links for further advice and support. 


Maternity leave checklist

Prepare for maternity leave with our checklist of what you need to do and who you need to contact at work, outside work, and after your baby arrives. BMA guidance

Shared parental leave

SPL (Shared parental leave) is a statutory right which provides eligible parents with more flexibility in how they share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption. BMA guidance

Continuous service and maternity leave under the NHS scheme

This page explains the continuous service requirements for maternity leave eligibility that apply under the NHS Scheme. BMA guidance

Maternity entitlements on NHS and non-NHS contracts

Read our guidance about maternity entitlements for doctors on NHS contracts with national terms and conditions, and doctors outside the NHS scheme. BMA guidance

Paternity leave for doctors

This page explains your rights to paternity leave. BMA guidance

Maternity leave calculator

Our maternity leave calculator is for members across the UK. It helps to ensure you do not miss any important dates for notifying your employer you are pregnant and your entitlement to maternity leave and pay. BMA guidance


Maternity leave pay entitlements under the NHS scheme

Read our guidance on maternity leave entitlements for doctors across the UK working under the NHS scheme. BMA guidance

Statutory maternity pay

Read our guidance on the rules surrounding maternity pay and details of the allowances available. BMA guidance

Return to work

Returning to work and your rights as a working parent

Guidance for doctors on returning to work, changing hours, flexible working, breastfeeding, parental leave, and what to do if you’re not planning to work. You can also read real-life stories from working medical parents. BMA guidance