Do couples want split parental leave?
13 November 2012 Last updated at 09:09 GMT
New mothers will be able to return to work two weeks after childbirth and share the rest of their maternity leave with their partner under new plans.
From 2015, a fully flexible system of parental leave in England, Scotland and Wales will give women a clearer "route back" to work, ministers say.
But what do members of the public make of the plans and would they make use of the opportunity to change their working arrangements? BBC Breakfast has been finding out.