With MPs returning to parliament today, here is a reminder of what we are campaigning for….
5 reasons to extend maternity leave for mothers of babies born too soon – have you contacted your member of parliament and shared your story?
Not many people know – if your baby is born too soon your maternity leaves begins the very next day. For many mothers this is weeks, often months before they bring their baby home from hospital – weeks, often months before their planned due date.
The Smallest Things believe that maternity leave should be extended for mothers of very premature babies – here are just five of the reasons why we think you should support this change too!
1. Financial – Be it travel, parking, accommodation, extra childcare or meals, the cost of having a premature baby in neonatal care soon adds up. Latest figures suggest that on average parents of premature babies spend an extra £2,256 over the course of their hospital stay. In addition there is little financial support for parents whose babies have been born too soon. For example, you cannot apply for the disability living allowance…
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