Antenatal Appointments

All pregnant employees are entitled to reasonable time off with pay for antenatal care made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner. Except for the first appointment, employees should show the employer, if requested, an appointment card or other documents showing that an appointment has been made.

Staff members should where reasonably practicable seek to arrange antenatal appointments outside of work time. Where this is not possible, the individual should seek to arrange such appointments at times which are least disruptive to work obligations and gain permission in advance where possible.

Fathers and partners of pregnant women are entitled to unpaid time off to attend two ante-natal appointments. Employers may allow this time off with pay under the terms and conditions of employment.

Intended parents in a surrogacy case who meet the conditions set out under the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Act 2008 will also have the right to unpaid leave to attend up to two antenatal appointments.