Glossary of terms and forms

Pregnancy acronyms busted, plus a guide to the forms you need to know about.

AML, Additional Maternity Leave: An additional 26 weeks of maternity leave that starts at the end of Ordinary Maternity Leave

EDD, estimated due date: The date the baby is due, as given on form MAT B1

EWC, expected week of childbirth: The week the baby is due

HSE, Health and Safety Executive: The government organisation responsible for health and safety issues at work

MA, Maternity Allowance: Maternity pay paid by the Jobcentre Plus if you are not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay 

MPP, Maternity Pay Period: The 39 week period during which Statutory Maternity Pay can be paid

OH, occupational health: Clinicians who work in an occupational setting looking at the impact of work on health, and health at work

OML, Ordinary Maternity Leave: The first 26 weeks of maternity leave

Paid maternity leave: Maternity leave where you are paid either Statutory Maternity Pay or contractual maternity pay

Qualifying period: The period of time used to assess your right to claim certain benefits

Statutory: Rights that apply by law

SMP, Statutory Maternity Pay: Maternity pay from your employer

SPP, Statutory Paternity Pay: Paternity pay for fathers and partners who will be responsible for the upbringing of the baby

SSP, Statutory Sick Pay: Sick pay from the employer

Unpaid maternity leave: Maternity leave without pay

KIT days:  Keeping In Touch days allow an employee to carry out paid work (up to a maximum of 10 days) during her maternity leave without terminating the maternity leave


MA1: A form from your local Benefits Agency/Jobcentre Plus to claim for Maternity Allowance (MA)

MAT B1: A maternity certificate from your GP or midwife confirming the due date of your baby. You must give this to your employer so you can claim leave and pay due to you.

Statement of Fitness for Work (previously MED 3): A medical form from your GP or midwife outlining any medical issues related to your pregnancy that may affect you at work and which the employer must take into account in a risk assessment

FW8: A form from your midwife or GP entitling you to free prescriptions and dental treatment during pregnancy and for a year after the birth of your baby

SF100: A Sure Start Maternity Grant form for those in receipt of some benefits (such as jobseekers allowance). Available from your local Jobcentre plus.

SMP1: A form from your employer explaining why you are not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay. Give this to the Benefits Agency/Jobcentre Plus with form MA1 to claim for Maternity Allowance (MA)