Maternity & paternity rights
Preparing for a new baby is very exciting but it's worth knowing that both expectant mothers and fathers have rights. Read our guides to find out what maternity leave and pay you can expect as well as what paternity leave you’re entitled to.
Answers to your problems
What rights do I have to maternity pay and leave?
Read the Which? guide to find out what rights you have to maternity pay and maternity leave from your employer.
What rights do I have to paternity pay and leave?
If you're an expectant father, find out what how long you could take for paternity leave and paternity pay you could be entitled to.
What are my rights to Shared Parental Leave?
New parents may now be eligible for Shared Parental Leave for up to 52 weeks after having a baby. Parents can take this leave at the same time or in separate blocks.
I’m going back to work after maternity leave, what are my rights?
Going back to work after maternity leave can be a big change. Read the Which? guide to your rights when returning to work after maternity leave.
What are my rights during the birth of my child?
All pregnant women have certain rights when it comes to the standard of care they can expect to receive. Find out more about your rights in our guide.
What are my rights when breastfeeding in public?
If you have been refused service or discriminated against in any way while breastfeeding in public, you can make a complaint under the Equality Act 2010.
What are my rights when flying with a baby?
If you're planning to travel on a flight with your baby, you should be aware that there may be extra fees for you to pay.
What work problems might arise during maternity leave?
You have rights and entitlements when you’re on maternity leave. Find out what you should expect when it comes to your working conditions, holidays and return to work.
Step by step guides
How to complain if you don't get quality care while giving birth
If you didn't have the birth you wanted, there are routes you can take if you wish to make a complaint. Read our step-by-step guide for more information.
Letter of notice for maternity leave and pay
If you’re pregnant and employed, use the Which? template letter to notify your employer of dates of your maternity leave and pay.
Letter of notice for paternity leave
You have a right to two weeks’ paternity leave, so use this template letter to inform your employer about when you would like to take it.
Letter to complain about breastfeeding discrimination
Use this template letter if you want to make a complaint about being discriminated against for breastfeeding in public.
Letter to complain to the NHS about your care during birth
If you're unhappy with your healthcare professional's response to your complaint, use our letter to complain to the NHS body responsible for your care.
Letter to request extension of maternity leave
Use this Which? template letter to notify your work about your intention to extend your maternity leave.