I have done something REALLY stupid and now I feel really guilty. I gave up my job at the end of November (last day I worked was 20th November) to start my new career as a teacher (which I started on 1st December). Having skimmed the SMP and MA notes I read that I had to be employed by the smae employer etc etc upto 15 weeks. I then stupidly didn't read the bit about changing employers. So I just assumed that as I was changing jobs I wouldn't qualify for SMP. So I start filling out my MA claim form, and read all the notes in detail only to discover that had I carried on working at my previous job until 30th November rather than have a week off I would have qualified for SMP. Or had I not allowed the midwife to put my EDD back from 5th March to the 15th March (which there is no real need for her to do as it's less than 2 weeks) I would also still have got SMP which would have meant 6 weeks at 90% of my pay. As a result of this stupidity I have cost myself and my DH about £2k. I feel so bad and so guilty. He's being really sweet about it but if I were him I would be so pissed off. I am so stupid. Sorry to rant but I had to share.