With effect from 1st October 2014, a father or partner of a pregnant woman will, from ‘day one’, have the right to take unpaid time off during working hours to accompany an expectant mother to an ante-natal appointment made on the advice of a designated health care professional.
The right is available to:
the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant woman
the father or parent of the pregnant woman’s expected child
an intended parent [...]