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    Hi Ladies

    I'm just looking for some advice...

    The company I work for has a policy where you start maternity leave at 34 weeks unless you have a letter saying you're fit to work beyond this. i'm on annual leave at the moment until next Monday when I'll be over 35 weeks. I only plan on working 1-2 more weeks then finish up anyway.

    I was 34 weeks last Friday and went to the antenatal gp who wouldn't give me a letter as he doesn't want to be held liable if anything happens while I'm at work! He also said any agreement needs to be between me and my employer.
    I tried calling the midwife this morning to see if they can give me one but they haven't called me back yet.


    It's quite hard to get appointments at short notice with either the midwife or the antenantal GP at the hospital I go to. My question is does anyone know if I can just go to my normal GP to get a letter even though I haven't been there since about 17 weeks pregnant. I don't want to waste my time and money going there if they can't give me one!

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    I don't think any doc would give u a letter. As it can come back on them if anything was to happen

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    My company has the same policy. I dnt c y they wouldn't give u one if u hav had a healthy preg so far. Mayb call ur other drs and ask them over the phone just say u need to know if they will provide a letter sayii u r fit for work up until 37 weeks unless ur circumstances change. I'll b keen to know Wat happens as I didn't think drs could refuse and I hpe mine doesn't cuz I need to work.as much as possible

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    My GP, OB and the midwives all refused to state I was fit to keep working past 34 weeks, they all said if anything happened, they could be held liable

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    I finished at 34 weeks but my OB was happy to write a letter if I wanted one. A friend of mine who saw a different OB worked to 37 weeks.

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    My OB wrote a letter to certify me to work up until 36 weeks as my work also had this requirement. It had a line in there about that on X date he certified me as fit to work and that circumstances could change etc. He had a standard letter for this type of thing as a lot of his patients would be subject to this requirement, so I guess he does it all the time unless there is any reason a person can't work past that date.

    As a PP suggested, I'd call your GP's office and ask. The only thing I can think of, is that your GP may be even less likely to certify that you are fit to work as they haven't been following your pregnancy. But, it can't hurt to ask, your GP might be fine looking at your pregnancy records and giving you a check up.

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    My midwife wrote me a letter saying I was fit for work to 37 weeks with both of my pregnancies. I agree with PP, call the GP office and ask if they'll do it before making an appointment.

    I would think the midwife would be better placed to make such a statement though as I assume she has been more involved in the pregnancy. I hope they call you back soon.

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    I've just recently finished up at work at 38 weeks and also had to obtain medical clearance from 34 weeks by way of a certificate every week from my doctor.
    My GP was happy to do this as from his, and also my employers point of view, it was more about being physically capable of doing my job rather than the actual pregnancy. Obviously, they can't 100% forsee that someone may go into preterm labour or experience other pregnancy complications so for me it was just every week, am I still physically able to perform my job.

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    Hi Ladies

    Thank you all for your posts and advice. I went to my normal GP this morning and got a letter off her. Her attitude was if you feel well then there's no reason why you shouldn't continue working. I plan to call it a day at 37 weeks. Looking forward to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitten82 View Post
    Hi Ladies

    Thank you all for your posts and advice. I went to my normal GP this morning and got a letter off her. Her attitude was if you feel well then there's no reason why you shouldn't continue working. I plan to call it a day at 37 weeks. Looking forward to it
    That's good to hear. As long as you feel up to it and bubs is doing well, there's no reason why you can't keep working if you want to.

    People thought I was crazy working til 38 weeks (especially in a liquor store at Christmas time!!) but I wouldn't have done it if I didn't feel up to it. It was actually quite funny to see customers reactions on Christmas eve when they asked me how far along I was and I said 38 weeks!!! Lol


 

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