Maternity Support

Having a baby is such an exciting experience, decorating your nursery and picking out your baby’s first clothes is so much fun. For many parents getting everything ready for a new arrival can be a stressful experience too, with so much to plan and organise it is perfectly natural to feel a little overwhelmed. The child care support service is on hand to help you through the practical considerations such as how maternity rights and pay work and how to approach childcare when you are ready to return to work.

 

Maternity Policy Overview

We appreciate reading through your Trusts Maternity Policy is a lengthy task therefore we have put together a presentation slide to highlight some key areas of information which you may find useful covering maternity pay and rights, leave, flexible working and salary sacrifice information which is all available in the below PDF.

We would always recommend all expectant parents attend one of our NHS Parents Events however due to COVID-19 these events have been put on hold. Instead, we are hosting a range of Virtual Maternity Workshops to provide the support and cover the information which would have usually been accessible at the NHS Parents Events. All our virtual session are informal and welcome any questions you may have.

 

The Virtual Maternity Workshop sessions are aimed at staff who have not yet commenced maternity leave. They will cover topics such as maternity pay, maternity rights and anything else you want to discuss.

The next session will be held – 7 July 13.00-14.00 with special guest

The Coffee and Catch up sessions are aimed at staff who are currently on adoption or maternity leave, but if you have already returned to work and wish to attend – all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to meet other parents, share experiences and spend some time socialising with people who will be experiencing similar ups and downs and challenges.  As everyone will be navigating life with an infant, these will be non-judgmental groups where babies are welcome and no one will mind if you have not had chance to brush your hair.

The next session will be held – 15 July 12.30-13.30

 

The Return to Work sessions are aimed at staff who are preparing to return to work. These flexible sessions will be an opportunity for you to speak to a childcare coordinator about finding and funding childcare, or anything else that you might need support with.

The next session will be held – 22 July 11.00-12.00

 

Email childcare.coordinator@bdct.nhs.uk to book onto one or all of the sessions.

Please see our Events section of the website for other available recourses.

 

As always if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team who will be happy to help.

 

Useful Links

NHS Pregnancy and Baby guide

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby

 

Food and Pregnancy

Pregnancy food fact sheet
Folic acid food fact sheet
Breastfeeding food fact sheet
Downloads
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