Assisted Conception & Pregnancy


On this page:

Guidance for Forces families seeking assisted conception
IVF in the Devolved Administrations
What to do if you are overseas
Worried about mobility and assisted conception treatment?
Post Natal Depression (PND)
Maternity Leave
Paternity Leave

 

Guidance for Forces families seeking assisted conception

NHS England has updated their commissioning policy for Armed Forces families outlining the pathway and criteria for you to access assisted reproduction methods such as IVF and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Read more

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IVF in the Devolved Administrations

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

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What to do if you are overseas

BFG and EJSU

British Forces Cyprus (BFC)

Other overseas postings

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Worried about mobility and assisted conception treatment?

It is MOD policy that, where possible, assistance should be given to enable Service personnel and their spouses, civil partners or partners to have access to assisted conception services provided by the NHS in the UK.

Providing stability for assisted conception may have career implications. Defence Instruction and Notices (DIN) 2009DIN01-104 gives policy guidance to those seeking assisted conception treatment and to their career managers, so that a solution can be found if stability is required.

If you are experiencing any problems with accessing fertility treatment or if you would like to give feedback regarding the treatment you have received, contact Karen Ross at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk 

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Post Natal Depression (PND)

Pregnancy and childbirth is a life-changing event for both parents.

It is common for many women in the first few days after childbirth to experience the ‘baby blues’. However, this should improve after a few days and if they don’t, this may be a signal that you are developing PND.

Please visit the PND section on the Mental Health page for more information and guidance. 

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Maternity Leave

For an overview on maternity leave and pay visit the GOV.UK website. The Citizens Advice Bureau also has a very informative advice guide on maternity leave. 

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Paternity Leave

The Armed Forces Occupational Paternity Leave Scheme (AFOPLS) allows qualifying personnel (usually fathers) to take up to 26 weeks of Additional Paternity Leave (APL) in order to care for their new child and, in some cases, to receive Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (ASPP).

Your soldier can access JSP 760 Chapter 22 and Defence Instructions and Notices (DIN) 2011 DIN01-037 for paternity leave guidance; the Regimental Admin Office (RAO) or Unit Welfare Officer (UWO) should also be able to provide you with further information.

If you have experienced any problems with OPL or other paternity/ maternity related leave, contact Karen Ross at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk or Caroline Mayne at etam@aff.org.uk

 

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