A New or Expectant Mother/Parent is a member of staff or a student who is pregnant, has given birth within the previous six months, or is breastfeeding. The University is committed to protecting the health of the New or Expectant Mother/Parent. All new and expectant mothers/parents are likely to experience general fatigue and discomfort associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Considerations for new and expectant mothers/parents in 'low risk' working environments include among others manual handling, use of computer equipment, the potential for slips and falls, lone working, stress, and personal safety. Certain 'high risk' working conditions and environments have been also identified by the University as presenting potential risks to new or expectant mothers/parents and their children.
Useful Links and Further Guidance:
Policy and Guidance on New, Expectant and Breastfeeding Mothers and Parents to include examples of risk assessment forms for a Clerical Officer (Office) or Postgraduate Student (Laboratory)
Occupational Health Service (for enquiries about pregnancy-related matters)
Guidance in relation to COVID-19: