Having a baby

If you are having a baby and will be a single parent you may have a lot of questions about your income, benefits, employment rights and making arrangements with your child’s other parent.

This information answers some of the questions you may have when you’re pregnant or have just had a baby .


Money when you are expecting, or have just had, a baby

What specific benefits and other money you’ll have to live on when you are pregnant or have just had a baby, depends on your circumstances before you became pregnant.


Time off work when pregnant or just had a baby

You may get time off work called maternity leave when you are pregnant or have just had a baby. When you can take maternity leave, how long it is and who can get it is described here.


Returning to work after time off with your baby

You must let your employer know when you wish to return to work after having a baby.


Sources of financial help with your baby

The Scottish Government has introduced a new grant to help with the costs of a new baby called the Best Start Grant.


Who can make decisions about children?

There are many decisions you make about your children on a day to day basis as a parent.


Important dates

Dates to keep in mind for working out maternity leave and pay.


Useful contacts

Useful contact information for those who are expecting or have recently had a baby.