Know your rights
You are protected against unfair treatment or dismissal on the grounds of pregnancy and childbirth. You are also entitled to paid leave for antenatal care and at least 26 weeks' ordinary maternity leave.
Tell your practice
Tell your trainer you are pregnant, the expected week of childbirth, and when you will begin your maternity leave. Do this no later than the end of the fifteenth week before your baby is due.
Seek expert advice
Maternity pay for GP registrars is complicated. Contact the BMA or the Department of Trade and Industry for more information. Visit their websites at www.bma.org.uk or www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/mat-pl958.htm.
Negotiate your pay
Use the information you have gained to negotiate maternity pay with your training practice. GP registrar pay has not yet caught up with changes in the rules for NHS salaried employees. The BMA suggests you negotiate with your practice for the same deal - eight weeks' full pay and 18 weeks' half pay.
Take advantage of paternity leave
Fathers are entitled to two weeks' paternity leave. NHS salaried employees covered by the Whitley Council conditions are entitled to paid leave.
Return to work
You may not return to work within two weeks of giving birth, and you must inform your GP trainer of the date that you will return to work, no later than 21 days before that date. You will also be entitled to continue your training with the same trainer after maternity for the balance of your training period.
The above points do not apply to GP partners, whose terms of maternity and paternity leave should be outlined in the partnership agreement.