Pregnancy In Military Service

Pregnancy is great time in women’s life. She will go through so many bodily changes. There should be great mental support from the husband and family member so that the lady will manage normal health throughout the pregnancy period. If she is working, additional care should be taken. Working in military and undergoing pregnancy should be handled very carefully. If you are pregnant and working in overseas assignment, you might request transfer to your home country. You should abide by the military service rules in this direction. However, there will be highest level of support based on humanitarian grounds.

If a woman is working on ship, she will be sent to the nearest shore so that she will be able to take care of her health. The access to medical facilities and other factors will make woman to shift to the shore duty. There will be six months of maternity leave which can be availed by her. In case of fathers, 10 days of paternity leave will be granted.

Pregnant servicewoman can stay onboard up to 20th week of pregnancy. This happens when the ship is in the port. If a servicewoman is discovered to be pregnant while she is deployed or underway, she should be transferred to the shore at the earliest. However, the constraints such as ship’s location, mission and port call should also be addressed. There should be evacuation capability on a ship so that pregnant woman can work for short periods onboard. Six hour rule is applied and it is not intended to make the pregnant woman work onboard.

Servicewomen are also authorized to travel to the area of her residence for taking medical assistance. She can make use of the civilian hospital facility. OB care can be taken at a location outside the MTF area of responsibility. It is possible to apply convalescent leave. The convalescent leave begins from the day of discharge from MTF. It will follow the complicated delivery or cesarean delivery. The duration of CONLV is 42 days. The attending physician can request an extension as per your condition. If the servicewoman is not fit for duty, extension can be obtained. The information should be passed on to the servicewoman’s permanent command. If there is birth to a premature baby, infants can stay at NICU for an extended period of time. There will be scope for breastfeeding so that the infant’s health will also improve.

Postpartum servicewomen are deferred from all kinds of transfers for a period of 12 months following the delivery. They are also exempt from participation in short underway and TAD periods. This happens in case of the inhibition of servicewoman’s ability to breastfeed the child. Servicewomen can request to terminate deferment after her convalescent leave. If a servicewoman gives birth to a stillborn child, she is entitled to 6 months operational deferment so that it is possible to take care of the mental health of the mother.

During pregnancy, separation can be requested by servicewoman. In most of the cases, the requests are not entertained. If there are great compelling factors from the servicewomen, they are entertained. 6 weeks of maternity care will be offered after the separation if the separation takes place through honorable reasons. In this context, it is important that the servicewoman should meet the Health Benefits Advisor (HBA). In order to receive maternity benefits, an extension of one up to one year should be granted. The member’s performance should be satisfactory.

No servicewoman is assigned overseas assignment after the completion of 28 weeks of pregnancy. There should not be any travel assignments as well. If the pregnant woman is to be handed over to a school, it will be done on case by case basis. If the pregnant woman is in office, she should wear maternity uniform without fail. This can be done when the regular uniform does not offer proper fit. If you present pregnancy notification, you will get clothing allowance as well. Servicewomen will be issued tennis shoe chit at the discretion of HCP. Pregnant service woman will not participate in command/unit PT. they will not participate on FEP, mock PFAs and command PFA. She should receive guidance from HCP.