Having a baby

Expecting a baby in Scotland? You may qualify for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment, a one-time payment of £754.65 for your first child and £377.35 for subsequent children to help you prepare for the arrival. To be eligible, you must be receiving certain benefits or tax credits, or have a household income below a certain threshold. For more information and to apply, see below.

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


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 and after pregnancy.


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.


Best Start Grant, Best Start Foods 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.


Important dates

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


Who can make decisions about children?

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


Useful contacts

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