https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/#generalIt's a tough situation. Who should complete the risk assessment? I have asked for any WFH jobs if they come up though. What would you do? From the PM's statement on 16.3.20:"this advice about avoiding all unnecessary social contact, is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions. I know that initially the government classed pregnant women at one of that at risk groups and advised they should self … Both kids isolating over christmas, this was the family's response. Pregnant women were never in the "extremely vulnerable" group advised to shield for 12 weeks - not unless they also have certain health conditions (respiratory ones).There are several organisations which are sharing excellent advice on this: RCOG and Maternity Action are two of the most comprehensive and helpful.If your employer is offering 12 weeks leave on full pay, you might as well take it. This article links to examples of risk assessments for new and expectant mothers. It basically says pregnant women should work from home where possible, but its ultimately down to the women to decide. However, if an employer wants you to go back into work, they can ask you to return if you cannot work from home as long as it is Covid-secure.. Working from home isn't an option. Guidance updated for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak. I am a key worker in a busy food warehouse with over 1000 staff over the 3 shifts. I just change my clothes at work come straight in wash at 60 shower and hair wash. I’ve been around positive patients for a couple of weeks and all of us have been fine in my house. The questions that crop up most often for those applying for a home through the key worker Regency scheme. This is page 1 of 2 (This thread has 35 messages.). As for what to tell co-workers, it depends how often you speak to them? Need some advice please! The Government wants these key … If you absolutely cannot work from home, then you could be expected to go into work, but your employer has a duty to protect your health and safety (see more below). During the pandemic, pregnant workers have been advised to follow strict social distancing to reduce the risk of severe illness from coronavirus. The official advise was worded in a way where they left it to employers- I work in a school and some schools sent pregnant staff home, and some expected them to still turn up. Also an agency can't discriminate against you indirectly because you're pregnant. They have said I need to take SSP, which is £90/week so if I was offered being on FULL pay, I'd take it!! My boyfriend is a nursery worker so still needs to go in to look after vulnerable children and children of key workers. I think put your own needs above work right now. How much trouble am I in? If you employ a contractor, you both have duties under health and safety law to assess health and safety risks at work. Sign up to test La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume, Share your imaginative play tips with The LEGO Group: £200 voucher to be won, Win up to £500 worth of clothes: Share what you would buy from Zalando, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox, https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/#general, www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020, www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/pm-tells-britons-to-avoid-non-essential-contact-with-others. I can't imagine I will be going back before my Mat leave kicks in at this rate. That's not what they said. 'I’m A Pregnant Healthcare Worker, And This Is What I Want Everyone To Know About The New Coronavirus' "It’s key to control the things you can and not panic about the things you can’t." simply keep all 50 of them on an pay them as normal. I’m NHS staff and in my first trimester. Pregnant women are higher risk due to their low immunity. It applies to all pregnant workers regardless of who they work for or what they do. Pregnant women told to stay at home for 12 weeks after being added to the at risk group. @NameChange30 OP didn’t say pregnant women were in ‘extremely vunerable group’.What she said is true that the government classed pregnant women as in the most at risk group and said they should self isolate at home for 12 wks (this was before compulsory lockdown was introduced) I watched it when it was announced in mid March, google it. OP’s posts: See next | See all Get updates on how your baby develops, your body changes, and what you can expect during each week of your pregnancy by signing up to the Mumsnet Pregnancy Newsletters. I know that initially the government classed pregnant women at one of that at risk groups and advised they should self isolate for 12 weeks.I dont think that is the case now BUT on my company website its says I can choose to be off for 12 weeks if I feel at risk or unsafe and I would be paid in full. Congratulations on your pregnancy. "I know that initially the government classed pregnant women at one of that at risk groups and advised they should self isolate for 12 weeks. It also covers how to assess risks for pregnant … All GPs who are pregnant should have the choice to stop work in patient-facing roles during the … The government’s guidance is that you should work from home if at all possible. I’ve recently found out I’m pregnant.. however with the virus going round do I still have to work if I’m a key worker??? It looks at guidance on the potential risks for pregnant employees, and actions to take afterwards. If you were off, you they call you? Best of luck x. This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 4 messages. I think it's best to discuss this with your line manager. The House on Thursday passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would provide key workplace protections for women, particularly those working in physically demanding jobs. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. It’s also a fact that a women’s immune system is suppressed during pregnancy again making them more vulnerable. My fiance works at the same place and he thinks I should.Next question is what would I tell my work colleagues? To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. The key word there is eligible: To be covered under FMLA, the company must be of a certain size and the employee must have worked there for at least 12 months. New advice has been issued for key workers who are pregnant, particularly those working in healthcare, during the coronavirus crisis. Full guideline (2009) Healthcare professionals leaflet (2009) Employers leaflet (2009) I'm pregnant myself so I can assure you I was paying attention. I personally hate to lie, but have only told my boss about pregnancy and no one else either, not even family. Indirect discrimination could be where an agency refuses to accept you onto its books because you only want to take part-time work because you're pregnant. My area has brought out new guidance and those up to 28 weeks basically work as normal but try and avoid positive or suspected pts. 0 comment. I got a sick note from my GP’s as well. Thankfulky. New advice for pregnant women who are working in the NHS and other work settings has been published; Women who are less than 28 weeks pregnant should practise social distancing but can continue working in a patient-facing role, provided the necessary precautions are taken key worker & pregnant. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. Pregnant women were only ever in the "vulnerable" group and strongly advised to follow social distancing guidelines and wfh if possible. Third trimester should avoid patient facing role. ooooohbetty Mon 23-Mar-20 18:28:53. I appreciate the media will sometimes bring on panic and make things sound worse but the fact is pregnant women have been placed in a more at risk group, the main reason for this is because it’s unknown how it affects pregnant women and their unborn babies. Does a company that is within a key worker industry have the option to [whatever] just a certain number of its staff. Does anyone know if a pregnant key worker who has to work with the public (health) can be forced to work by her Manager? I don't think there is any harm in telling your line manager in this situation so that they know and can adjust workload if necessary. Although the impact isn't known, what is known is that a sustained high temperature can be harmful to a foetus. I don’t think so or my work would have insisted I stay. This guideline enables occupational health professionals to provide consistent evidence based advice to pregnant women who are exposed to hazards at work. I don't work in health but emergency services (not even a public facing role) and I was told not to come back into work until further notice last Wednesday. Say otherwise if you like but this is fact not just my opinion or from reading untrue media. Working from home isn't an option. Like all workers, you should not face discrimination because you're pregnant. "No they didn't. Does anyone know if a pregnant key worker who has to work with the public (health) can be forced to work by her Manager? To stay healthy and productive on the job, understand how to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts — and know when a work task might jeopardize your pregnancy. How much trouble am I in? To clarify, pregnant women (at least before 28 weeks) are not required to self isolate and this has never been the case - please take information directly from gov website or RCOG as the advice has been skewed by some papers. I am doing this as the impact of Covid on the 1st trimester is unknown. They wouldn't want to put you at risk. I think they would be massively unreasonable to force you to work under the circumstances when yours and your baby's health and wellbeing is paramount. I am a key worker a nurse for the NHS. If the situation is the same in 3 months, will you be able to take another 12 weeks off?Perhaps you could consider whether there is any useful work you could do at home or working in a separate room or area at work, to limit your contact with others as much as possible. ), NHS Coronavirus information | Information from gov.uk Pregnant women’s choices on whether they work in direct patient-facing roles during the coronavirus pandemic should be respected and supported by their employers, according to updated national guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and … There’s an existing legal framework that employers must follow regarding pregnant employees (and breastfeeding mothers). Most women can continue working during pregnancy. Im lost for words WWYS? Pregnant key worker (4 Posts) Add message | Report. If they have - say - 50 engineers, but decide that they can get by with just 10 as essential, they could either. Key workers are people whose work is considered vital to public health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic and the UK lockdown. Since then, there have been plenty of … @Silverski5 agrees with me anyway 😀.   (Food poisoning), To want to scream at school WhatsApp - THANK YOUs, Have a DC aged 3 months to 6 years that suffers from dry, rough skin or nappy rash? Being pregnant, however, might present challenges at the workplace. @Silverski5 I remember it well and I cried too as I’m pregnant(doesn’t take a lot to set me off these days 😂. Pregnant women are now classed as at high risk from coronavirus by the NHS, so if you’re trying to conceive, are newly pregnant or several months into your pregnancy - this is a space for you to chat to other women in the same condition as you. Being pregnant does not mean that you cannot continue to make a valuable contribution to the business. I contract a self-employed pregnant worker. Or if it only offers short-term jobs to you while offering longer term jobs to age… I'm 8 weeks and had to tell my manager a few weeks ago as I'm a nurse and was required to work with potentially positive patients. Legal rights for pregnant employees - including paid time off for antenatal appointments, maternity leave and pay, protection against discrimination and telling the employer about the pregnancy It focuses on lifting/handling, heavy physical work, prolonged standing, long working hours and shift work. Employers must assess the workplace risks for pregnant employees and their unborn children, and breastfeeding mothers who have returned to work. I can't work from home but that's with full pay. Issues include a lack of PPE to protect them, requests to work at home denied or being forced to take decisions that disproportionately affect them financially. Key worker heroes: Meet the brave pregnant mum fighting Covid for two. All employers must continue to abide by this. I stopped work on Saturday after giving 3 days notice. Pregnant women do not need to self-isolate unless they have other underlying conditions (such as heart problems). It is against the law to discriminate against you because you are pregnant. In the case of applicants being pregnant, we will require a Maternity Certificate (MAT B1 form) in support of your application in order for your expected child to be added to your household size. Congratulations!! I haven’t left my family home and even if I wanted to I couldn’t as I have nowhere. I had to tell my boss at 4 weeks and they were very discreet about it. Could you say you are isolating as X in your family has a symptom, then 2 weeks later x in the family now has something? Hi all, I have just found out that I'm finally pregnant with my first. Pregnant workers in the private and third sector and key workers have reported feeling particularly discriminated against. Maybe someone can correct me if this is wrong but in education at the very least this is what happened. Pregnant women have been included in the group of high risk people who should take special measures to avoid catching coronavirus.. Advice for pregnant healthcare workers during COVID-19. Labour Force Survey data from 2018­-19 allows us to look at individuals in key worker occupations related to health care and social work; education; public services; food; public order; and transport. I'm only 4+1 so very very early days and we planned on waiting until after 12 weeks to tell anyone.What should I do? I watched it on the tv and sat and cried because it was just another reminder that I still wasnt pregnant ( who knew it was just around the corner eh? The vote was 329-73, with 226 … If you have medical concerns, please seek medical attention. If you're pregnant while interviewing, you are not covered under the FMLA. For example, an agency can't: 1. end your job or not offer you work 2. treat you worse than other workers 3. refuse you work. Pregnancy on its own does not really do anything. This does not include all critical occupations as defined by the government list today, but covers some of the most important areas of work that will almost surely need to keep functioning during the crisis. It is unlawful for your employer to dismiss you or treat you unfavourably because you cannot do the same work as a result of health and safety risks during pregnancy or when you have given birth or are breastfeeding. June 2020. I'm fortunate that I'm able to WFH and do phone consults but I think under these exceptional circumstances, we need to look after ourselves and if that means telling a couple of people before we're ready then so be it unfortunately. Key points. 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