Just wondering if any of you ladies work in HR / are clued up on maternity leave policies?? Basically yesterday and through the night I had reduced fetal movements, I called the midwife this morning for advice and she said to go up to the hospital straight away as she wants to check me over. I phoned work and advised them I had to go and be checked over and that id keep them updated (which I did). Anyway long story short when I got out of the hospital I rang my headteacher (I work in a primary school) who told me OVER THE PHONE that HR had told her I was unable to return to work and that my maternity leave must start today as I've 'had the day off sick' within the last 4 weeks leading up to due date (I'm 37w). My understanding (and midwife's as I rang her for advise) is that it should be classed as a medical appointment (even tho it was last minute) and not sickness because I was deemed fit for work after I had been checked and was willing to return back to work. I have been sent a copy of the maternity/sickness policy and nowhere are the illnesses defined but I don't think reduced movements would come under sickness? What I'm asking is do I have a case? I tried ringing the HR lady today but she had left the office for the day. My last working day should be next Friday with maternity leave officially starting on 6th June due to half term holiday meaning I will lose out on 3 weeks valuable time on the other side. Any advise gratefully appreciated.