If you think you might be pregnant
You can use most home pregnancy tests from the day that your period is due. They detect pregnancy hormone in your urine and are very accurate. You can also ask your doctor or family planning clinic for a pregnancy test. You can then decide if you want to continue with the pregnancy or end it. The University has developed a policy for students who are pregnant which sets out the rights of students and suppport available both during pregnancy and after the birth.
Ending the pregnancy
If you don’t want to continue with the pregnancy, the earlier you seek advice, the better. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has information on abortion and your options. Marie Stopes International also offers advice and information and you can speak to your GP.
Financial help during pregnancy
If you are expecting a baby, you can apply to the Access to Learning Fund for help with extra costs associated with being pregnant e.g. maternity clothes or special diet. Pregnant women are entitled to free prescriptions and free NHS Dental treatment during the pregnancy and for 12 months afterwards.
Many students continue with their studies after having a baby. If you are taking time out of your course due to maternity, please see our information on leave of absence.
After your baby is born
You may become eligible for benefits once your baby is born. There is also a Sure Start Maternity Grant if you are on a low income and get a qualifying benefit. The grant is £500 per child and you can get the forms here. If you are an international student please seek advice to check your eligibility as claiming benefits may seriously affect your immigration status.
You may also be eligible for more student funding, depending on your circumstances. If you would like more information on the help available to you, please speak to an adviser at the Student Advice Centre.
Support in Sheffield
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is a charity supporting parents through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. In Sheffield, the contact details are:
- Antenatal classes
0844 243 6852
- General Enquiries (including postnatal groups and good as new sales)
0844 243 6259
Antenatal classes and membership are available at a reduced rate for students and others on a low income.
Sheffield Information Link 0114 275 6699 has free information and guidance about childcare and children’s services in Sheffield.
The Students' Union has a Nursery and holiday playschemes available to students.Last Updated: 23/10/2012 | Disclaimer