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  • You don’t have to take 52 weeks but you must take two weeks’ leave (or four if you work in a factory).
  • Statutory maternity pay is paid for up to 39 weeks and for the six weeks is 90% of your average weekly earnings.
  • After six weeks, you're entitled to £148.68 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks.
  • Usually, the earliest you can start your leave is 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth.
  • Average maternity leave is 100 days.

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