Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after newborn children under new reforms that have just been announced.
Nick Clegg said that from 2015 the UK will move to a new system of flexible parental leave as part of a huge shake-up.
The Deputy Prime Minister has announced the following reforms:
A new mother will be able to take flexible leave whenever she wants, after the first fortnight's recovery period.
Both parents can divide up the remaining 50 weeks between them in any way they like.
Each parent could take leave separately, in different chunks, or together.
The maximum leave you can take will stay at 12 months, nine of which will be on guaranteed pay.
Parents will have to be "open" with employers and give them "proper notice" before taking leave.
Paternity is still fixed at a fortnight but this will be reviewed in 2018.
Fathers-to-be can claim unpaid leave to go to two antenatal appointments.
Current rules for maternity and paternity leave:
New mothers can take a total of 52 weeks of leave after the birth of a baby.
New fathers can take a fortnight of statutory paternity leave.
Since April 2011, fathers and mothers have had the option to share some of the mother's 52 weeks' leave and the father can take a maximum of six months starting after the child is 20 weeks old.
But both the father's and mother's leave can only be taken in one chunk.