• To help keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy the medical service for your duty station can advise you about handling different aspects of pregnancy, healthy eating and physical activity.
  • You may ask about monitoring your baby's activity, screening tests you might need, and what to expect during labour and delivery.
  • Depending how your familiarity with the location you might ask for information about places to deliver your baby and getting prenatal care and tests.


  • Staff members who are breastfeeding infants less than two years of age are able to receive time off from work during the day for the purpose of breastfeeding their infants or expressing milk.
  • A mother who needs to leave work premises to breastfeed her infant may have up to two hours daily, including commuting time. Or, if the mother wishes to express her milk, she may have up to one hour daily for that purpose. The daily timing is set by the needs of the staff member in consultation with her supervisor. The time is not charged to annual leave.
  • A private room and a refrigerator for storing milk are available at headquarters duty stations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi. Regional commissions and other large and medium-size offices provide similar arrangements. Small offices are required to make arrangements if and when the need arises.
  • Contact the local medical service for the location and access to the nursing mothers’ room.

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