If things don’t go to plan

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the University’s Maternity Leave Policy and Procedure.

Sadly some pregnancies and early stages of infancy don’t always go ahead as planned.

If you are affected by any pre and post birth difficulties, there are guidelines in place to help you through this difficult time.

Depending on your personal circumstances and how these fit into the formal definition (see section 18 of the Maternity Leave Procedure), you will be able to take the planned maternity leave that you had been approved to take. It may also be possible to change these plans should you wish to return to work sooner or later than planned.

You will be supported by your line manager during this difficult time and when you return to work.

Special support arrangements can be made at local level, for example:

  • A phased return to work;
  • Agreed communications to update/convey a message to your team colleagues, based on your wishes;
  • Access to counselling or other support services.


Further guidance and support 

FamilyFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions relating to all aspects of family leave, the FAQs below have been developed to support and guide both staff and managers.

FamilyFamily Leave

If you need information, guidance and support relating any of the family leave provisions available to staff at the University of Sheffield, this can be found at the link below.

FamilyCharities & Support Networks

The following links provide details of charities and support networks which may be helpful to both staff and managers.

JuiceJuice, Everyday Health & Wellbeing

Juice helps you take care of your everyday health and wellbeing at work, bringing together a range of services, guidance and activities, creating a remarkable place to work and further information can be found at the link below.

Looking for something else?

There is a wealth of information, guidance and support available from Human Resources relating to all aspects of employment and supporting policies and procedures. An index of information can be found at: www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/guidance/index

Alternatively, if you are unable to find the information you require, please contact your HR Team contact