Paternity/adoption/surrogacy leave and finances
Talk to your employer to find out if you are eligible for paternity leave. Depending on your circumstances this can be 1-2 weeks paid leave after the birth. You may also be able to take some annual leave around this time. Some employers are able to keep this flexible as you are unlikely to know exactly when you will need time off.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/paternity-pay-leave
Money problems can be a worry. You may face the loss of an income for a while, extra expenses for the baby and, if the mother returns to work, the cost of childcare.
You may be worrying that your home isn't right or that you'll feel obliged to stay in a job you don't like. It might help to look at what benefits you're entitled to and start planning ahead. It is a good idea to try to save some money for any unexpected expenses that may occur. For instance travelling to and from hospital to visit, car parking charges or taxi fares. Occasionally it is necessary to transfer mothers and babies to larger units if specialist care is required, and having an emergency fund for such events will allow you to focus on your family.
The Money Advice Service has information to help you manage your finances when you're having a baby.