From 1 October 2014, fathers and partners of pregnant women have a right to take unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments. This new right forms part of shared parental leave (ShPL) which will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption from 5 April 2015. Under ShPL, the 2 weeks’ compulsory maternity leave is retained but the remaining maternity leave and pay can be converted to parental leave by eligible parents and shared between them - subject to a limit of 50 weeks’ leave in total and 37 weeks’ statutory pay. In addition, adoption leave becomes a “day one” right, adoption pay will be enhanced to 90% for the first 6 weeks and statutory adoption pay and leave and parental leave will be extended to eligible surrogate parents.