I've just joined and am looking for some advice relating to maternity rights, pay etc.
Cutting a long story short, my partner and I have been thinking of starting a family for a while, however as a same sex couple we have had to go through fertility tests. Mine came back fine, my partners not so much, so it will be myself that will carry, should everything go to plan. I have been in my place of work for almost 2 years now, but on a whim I applied for a job within the civil service, specifically the prison service. The process was quite a long one, and I wasn't sure whether I'd be successful with my application. However I have been successful and I have been given a start date for next month. We always planned to start our potential family in September of this year, so now I'm left wondering what will happen, as my probation period is 6 months long, which will take me to January, and I maybe 4 months pregnant by then.
What are my maternity rights, will I still be entitled to pay, leave etc? I really don't want them to think I'm taking the mick, as I'll be there less than a year before I have to take leave. I haven't mentioned this, as 1 I didn't know I was going to get the job, and 2 it shouldn't really matter. I'm 37 and my partner is 45, so we don't want to put back our family plans either. Needless to say I'm in a bit of a predicament.