Employers ‘failing to grant depart for antenatal appointments’

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Employers are making it tough for girls and their
companions to take day without work work to attend midwife appointments, analysis
suggests.

A survey of 300 UK ladies who’ve given beginning previously
5 years discovered 28% stated their associate was unable to attend midwife
appointments due to their workplaces not granting the required day without work.

An extra 25% stated their associate was unable to be
concerned within the being pregnant as a lot as they wished.

Non-public midwifery companies Non-public Midwives, which
commissioned the ballot, warned this could impression on companions’ psychological well being
as a result of they lose the chance to achieve reassurance, assist and recommendation in
advance of the labour.

One in 10 ladies stated that their employer appeared to be
uncomfortable with the variety of midwife appointments they wanted to attend.

Laws states that pregnant workers are entitled
to cheap, paid day without work for antenatal care. Fathers, companions and civil
companions of pregnant ladies are entitled to unpaid day without work throughout their working
hours to attend as much as two antenatal appointments.

Employers who refuse to grant day without work might be taken to
an employment tribunal.

Linda Bryceland, head of midwifery at Non-public Midwives,
stated: “It’s heart-breaking that employers are making it tough for companions
to be concerned on this particular time, regardless of laws being carried out by authorities
to forestall this taking place.”

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