Extend Maternity Leave for Mothers of Infants in the NICUS in Ireland
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Maternity leave begins the day that an infant is born and admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ireland despite the fact that it can be many months before the infant will be discharged home from hospital.
Parents of premature and ill babies must wait days, weeks and sometimes months before they can even hold their baby let alone assume the role of parenting their child. Having an infant in hospital is NOT maternity leave and in many instances Maternity Leave expires before the baby ever leaves the hospital.
Preterm and ill infants often have complex medical needs, some of which can extend well into and beyond childhood and require additional care when they are discharged home. Families of preterm and ill infants are known to experience increased rates of Post Natal Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Ensuring that maternity leave only commences once the infant is discharged home from hospital ensures that these families will have the necessary time to bond with their child, offer the child the care it deserves and recover from the trauma of preterm and traumatic birth and unnatural separation from their infant.
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