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Parents and Carers Network

Pregnancy and postnatal support

Both pregnancy and return to work can be challenging times. Here are some resources that may help you.

Yoga and fitness

You can find pre-natal fitness classes at the Jubilee Sports Centre.  If you are a Sport and Wellbeing member, your membership can be suspended while you are on maternity leave.  Check with JSC reception for more details.

These are yoga classes in and around Southampton for both pregnant and postnatal mums, with suitably-qualified teachers:

Milk expression and breastfeeding

A dedicated room will be available on Highfield Campus is available. Please contact for details. Expect to see more details shortly. One of our members has set up an interactive map showing baby changing fascilities / breastfeeding / expressing rooms.

Scroll down for an informal list of facilities for mothers returning from maternity leave, as well as pregnant women and parents of young children. 

Useful links

- ACAS has a specific guide for accommodating breastfeeding employees in the workplace

- Maternity Action has a number of excellent help guides for parents and employers 

- The Breastfeeding Network has some useful leaflets about expressing and storing milk

- NCT guide on returning to work and breastfeeding


Maternity leave

You can find the University's Maternity Leave and Parental Leave (including Shared Parental Leave) policies and FAQs on the HR website.  You can also refer back to the handouts included in the P&CN Shared Parental Leave workshop run in May 2015.


Student Services are currently revising guidelines to assist student parents including health & safety, financial and other entitlements and breaks from studying. Please contact the team for more information.

External services are given in good faith and inclusion here does not indicate University endorsement.

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