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Time off for antenatal appointments

Pregnant women have the right to take time off to attend antenatal appointments.

From the 1 October 2014 fathers and partners can take time off work to accompany a pregnant woman to antenatal appointments.


To be entitled to take time off to attend ant-natal appointments you must be:

  • the father;
  • the pregnant woman’s spouse or civil partner, or partner (of either sex)in an enduring relationship with the mother; or
  • intended parent of a child in a surrogacy arrangement, if they expect to be entitled to and intend to apply for a parental order in respect of the child
This is a ‘day one’ right so you will not need to accrue a minimum amount of service.

Evidence of eligibility

Your employer can ask for a signed declaration confirming you have met one of the above conditions. The declaration must also state the date and time of the appointment.


You are entitled to take time off to attend 2 ante-natal appointments. Each appointment must be no longer than six and half hours.

Your employer can, if they wish, agree to additional time off.


The time off is unpaid, however your employer could choose to make it paid.


Page Published: 20/10/2014