Maternity protection for pregnant & breastfeeding students
Are you pregnant, have recently given birth, are breastfeeding or planning to have a baby?
We will gladly help you cope with the host of new challenges with regard to your studies and to help you clarify your questions. While the Family Service provides general advice on the compatibility of study and family life (e.g. on financing and childcare issues), the Student Advisory Service supports you in the further planning of your studies.
There are a number of things to bear in mind here in relation to statutory maternity protection:
- In addition to strengthening your rights (see 1.), the main issue is to protect you from hazards (see 3.) at your study 'workplace' (see 2.) from the beginning of your pregnancy until after delivery and during breastfeeding.
- Your university must conduct generalised hazard assessments (see 5.) for all study courses. Should you decide (see 6.) to officially give notification of your pregnancy/breastfeeding (see 7.), your university must specify these assessments in concrete terms depending on the occasion as well as define corresponding protective measures (see 4.).
- After an official notification, the university only informs (see 8.) the competent district government and the university members necessary for the procedure about your pregnancy/breastfeeding.
The following questions and answers provide you with an initial overview.
For further information and confidential advice, please contact the Student Advisory Service. Important note: Please pay particular attention to the information in questions 6-8 on giving notification of pregnancy/breastfeeding to the university. The Student Advisory Service will also be happy to inform you in advance and anonymously about the possible advantages and disadvantages of giving notification.