I was delighted to be invited on to BBC Women’s Hour today to speak about my petition to extend maternity leave for mother of premature babies. The petition has reached an incredible 100,000 signatures!
I was joined by Bliss CEO Caroline Davey and together we spoke about the needs of families following neonatal intensive care with radio presenter Jane Garvey; highlighting the impact of premature birth upon a mother’s mental health, her ability to return to work and a baby’s need for time to develop.
I spoke about my sons, Samuel and Jack, now age 5 years and 3 years, who were both born premature. I spoke about our journey, which like so many others did not end at the NICU door. I described the isolation mothers can face once they leave the neonatal unit, the on-going worries and anxieties, re-admissions to hospital and the financial impact of an early birth. I spoke about the need for more time for mothers and their babies.
And, … If you like what you hear, why not share with others?
That way we continue to raise awareness, explaining the unique needs of families following premature and life beyond neonatal intensive care.