For any female trainee, pregnancy during training is one of the most important considerations to make, due to the significant impact bringing a new life into the world has on not only your personal life but on your specialty training going forward.
Planning for pregnancy is vital to make sure you stay on top of all the administration required, as well as looking after yourself and your baby in the face of changes to your body.
It is important to know your rights and what the key issues are.
Check out the Royal College of Surgeons pregnancy web page for some initial useful links
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is of utmost importance during pregnancy. from the very beginning.
Remember you will need time off for all those antenatal appointments and examinations
Maintaining a healthy diet with additional supplements is vital during this period
Remaining active during pregnancy is vital
Sleep is vital during pregnancy and hormonal changes can leave you fealing exhausted
Early Stages of Pregnancy
It is important that you inform your workplace, supervising consultant and TPD as early as possible. It is only mandatory however 15 weeks before your due date.
Your employer must carry out an individualized risk assessment once you have informed them of the pregnancy in writing.
Make sure you have a discussion with your employer regarding your duties especially if you become unwell during your pregnancy.
Later Stages of Pregnancy
You must obtain a MATB1 from your midwife to provide copies to your employer. This allows you to take maternity leave and claim statutory maternity pay. This
Important points to remember:
You can decide what is right for when you stop on calls or night shifts depending on how you feel.
You are entitled to paid leave for all your maternity appointments including parenting lasses
You are entitled to 12 months of Maternity Leave starting from 11 weeks before due date
Returning to Work
You will need to give 28 days' notice of your intention to return to work.
You have a right to return to your normal job or to return less than full time.
Keeping In Touch (KIT) Days are a great tool to help ease you back into work. These are paid days aimed at restoring a graded return to work. Up to 10 days can be utilized. Please see the most up-to-date Gold Guide for more information. Your employer can help you arrange these.