National charity Maternity Action is working with Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital to set up a specialist advice helpline for women and families using the maternity service.
Staffed by employment lawyers, the service will be able to advise on a range of issues including employment rights during pregnancy, maternity pay and benefits, maternity leave, health and safety issues and flexible working requests. Funded by the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s Health and Maternity (WHaM) Programme, the project, led by the Cheshire and Merseyside Local Maternity System, is the first of its kind.
The dedicated Wirral service can be reached on 0808 802 0062 and will be open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm.
The project was recently highlighted by ITV News on their website: https://www.itv.com/news/2022-06-08/new-and-expectant-mothers-given-free-legal-and-financial-advice-in-trial