Yes from the 1st October 2014, the entitlement to have time off for ante-natal appointments is also extended to fathers and partners of pregnant women.

Time off is unpaid, is for a maximum of two appointments, with a maximum time for each appointment of 6.5 hours.

The time off is available to people who have a relationship with the pregnant woman or the unborn child – the baby’s father, the mother’s spouse or civil partner or partner of either sex in an enduring relationship.

It is also available to intended parents 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 that child.

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