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Carmel Collins
3 days ago
I support

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Loraine Soloman
5 days ago
My partner got no time off when my premature son was born at 28 weeks he had to have glimpses through glass after work so formed no bond with him

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niki shah
2 weeks ago
Agreed

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carley finney
2 weeks ago
My daughter was born 6 weeks early. My husband only had a few days off with us at home before returning to work. After a c section I very much needed him home for longer to help with my physical and mental recovery. Let alone if we were in hospital longer

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Adele Stanton
2 weeks ago
We all need to more supportive and it’s essential that we acknowledge the need for extended leave for parents under extra pressures

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Sara Cahill
2 weeks ago
I had a baby in neonatal care x

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janice Hawtin
2 weeks ago
Parents need to be free to be with and care for their children

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Carol Jones
2 weeks ago
Because life is hard enough coping with everything you have to cope with without worrying about work

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Jo Boulton
2 weeks ago
My son was born 10 weeks premature and also small for dates weighing just 2.2lb that’s a kilo or a bag of sugar. He was in SCBU for 2 months in St Paul’s Wing at Cheltenham General Hospital. If I hadn’t had a Caesarian section I could have gone back to work working in the pathology lab at the General (which would have been easy as on site and could visit before and after work and in my breaks) but because I had the C Section. I had no choice but to start my maternity leave the day he was born. The paid maternity leave then (1997) was only 4 months and when I went back to work he weighed just 8lbs that’s the average weight of a newborn. Finding childcare was difficult as nurseries didn’t take “newborns” that size and childminders were not keen either. I had a childminder who lived next door which was handy although she’d never had her own children and found it difficult with a “newborn” that weight and all his medicines he needed to be given. He also had bad asthma and had to be nebulised regularly (the surgery leant me a nebuliser for him to keep at home). I had regular phone calls at work asking for help when he got sick (often) and either me or my husband would often have to leave work to take him home - well next door. I developed PND as I found it hard to leave him so small and fragile and the whole experience when I look back it’s a wonder we got through it as it was hard for our elder son seeing me so tearful and a strain on my husband and I both trying to work, run the household and look after the children. My son was able to start nursery at around 7 months as he was a 3 month old weight by then and the nursery took babies from 3 months. The change was positive.

You definitely need the extra maternity time to help with both your physical and mental health. Both to recover from the birth and surgery if you have had this as well as to bond and spend those precious early months with your child. Having just another 4 months would have made a big difference to me as my son could have gone straight to nursery where more staff are on hand to reassure the carer looking after them and there are usually staff who are mums themselves too whose experience helps no end. On reflection I may not have gone through PND had I had this extra time with my son.

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Sarah Ruane
2 weeks ago
I wish my friend could have all the time off she needs with her little one!