Pregnancy and your job

If you are working during your pregnancy, you need to think about when you will stop working and what you will do after your baby is born.

You may wish to talk to your midwife (or specialist doctor) about this as part of your planning. 

Parental leave

You may be eligible for paid or unpaid parental leave. Some of this leave may be shared with your partner. 

Unpaid parental leave

Unpaid parental leave includes:

  • maternity leave of 16 continuous weeks, which may start up to 6 weeks before your baby’s due date
  • special leave of up to 10 days, which you can take before your maternity leave for reasons connected with the pregnancy (eg, pregnancy checks)
  • partner’s/paternity leave of either 1 or 2 weeks
  • leave of up to 52 weeks, if you are eligible.

Paid parental leave

You may be eligible for 16 weeks of paid parental leave. You may hand over all or part of your paid parental leave to your partner as long as they are also eligible.

To find out more about parental leave and how you can apply for it, read the Employment New Zealand: Parental leave information or phone 0800 20 90 20. The website also has information about returning to work and family assistance payments.

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