Having a baby

This information answers some of the questions you may have if you are pregnant or have just had a baby .

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

What 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.

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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.

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Best Start Grant and the Baby Box

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

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Important dates

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

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Who can make decisions about children?

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

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Useful contacts

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