Advice line

Maternity Action’s Advice Line offers free confidential telephone support. We will listen to you and try to understand all the issues you are facing. We will then provide you with information that is relevant to you and your situation.

We have a team of trained advisers providing advice and information to help you understand and take up your rights and entitlements throughout your pregnancy, maternity leave and return to work.

Call us on 0845 600 8533 to talk to our advisers.

Calls cost up to 4p per minute with a max 10p set up charge from a BT landline.  Mobile and other network rates may be higher.

The Adviceline is open:

  • Wednesday 3pm – 7pm
  • Thursday 3pm – 7pm
  • Friday 10am – 2pm

Please note that the advice line will be closed on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April.

The information that callers give us and the advice that we give is confidential. The helpline gets very busy at times, but please keep trying.

Can we help you?

Have you just found out that you are pregnant and want to know what your rights are at work?

Do you think that you are being discriminated against at work because of your pregnancy?

Wondering which benefits you are entitled to whilst you are pregnant and once the baby’s born?

These are a few things you may be asking. Our team provides information on a range of topics including:

  • Maternity and paternity pay and leave
  • Health and safety at work during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding
  • Rights during maternity leave
  • Returning to work – requesting flexible hours and parental leave
  • Benefits and tax credits for pregnant women and new families
  • Entitlements to health care and benefits for women from abroad


Do you know your rights?

We have a range of FREE information sheets explaining employment rights and benefit entitlements, containing a wealth of information. We also offer training workshops for professionals on maternity rights.



If you have phoned our Advice Line and found it useful, please do let us know by emailing us
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