Pregnancy, Maternity and New Parenting

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is a weekly payment made by employers to their employees or former employees. Employers pay SMP to those women who have been employed by them prior to becoming pregnant and during their pregnancy. So if you were not employed in your pregnancy you cannot get SMP. But you may be able to get Maternity Allowance (MA) from Jobcentre Plus.
Qualifying women are entitled to SMP whether or not they intend to return to work for that employer.

Shared Parental Leave

Parents can share up to 50 weeks of parental leave and 37 weeks' statutory pay, equivalent to the current Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay. This is in addition to the two weeks' Statutory Paternity Pay.

Real Baby Milk

Real Baby Milk aims to socially market breastfeeding to all parents in an inclusive, non-judgmental way.  They aim to inform and provide women and their families with easy access to breastfeeding support and enable them to have the best opportunity to succeed at breastfeeding for as long as she likes.


Web address:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01872 260429

Pregnant Employees and Their Rights

Pregnant employees have legal rights - including paid time off for antenatal care, maternity leave and maternity pay.
Pregnant employees have 4 main rights:

*paid time off for antenatal care

*maternity leave

*maternity pay or maternity allowance

*protection against unfair treatment, discrimination or dismissal


NCT Antenatal Classes

NCT Signature antenatal and NCT Essentials antenatal courses are held in Monmouthshire at various times throughout the year.
NCT would like all parents to have an experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood that enriches their lives and gives them confidence in being a parent, providing local support and putting parents in touch for social networking.
NCT's vision is a world in which parents are valued and supported to build a strong society, believing that a child’s early years significantly impact upon the future they help to shape.

Monmouth National Childbirth Trust

Monmouth and District branch offer a range of services including antenatal classes to help you and your partner prepare for the birth of your baby. 
They run various postnatal activities to support you and your baby, these include Coffee Break, which gives you a chance to meet other new parents in an informal environment and Bumps and Babes where new mums get together at different homes once a month.

Lush Tums Pregnancy Yoga

LushTums classes are specialised and tailored to women at all stages of life.

All-round, fully accredited classes and courses are offered to help women prepare for birth and support them into motherhood.

Practicing yoga gives you a constant - something we can come back to when all around us is in change. Classes help you feel energised and stronger and at the same time settle the mind, reducing levels of stress and anxiety.

Little Snugglebugs Baby Massage and Yoga

Little SnuggleBugs Baby Massage & Yoga Classes are run over 5 consecutive weeks, with each class lasting approx 1 hour. You will be taught how to perform a full traditional body massage on your baby; covering a new area of your baby's body each week. You will also be taught gentle yoga stretches and movements along with a specific massage routine designed to provide relief for the pain and discomfort caused by wind, colic, reflux and constipation. A teething massage to help you settle and soothe your little one through the discomforts of teething is also taught.