We are delighted that Tamba, the Twins and Multiple Births Association, is the first charity in the UK to sign up to our Smallest Things Employer with Heart Charter, supporting the needs of families and extending paid parental leave for staff whose babies are born premature or sick.
Announcing the news, Nicky Deans, Head of Finance and Operations, explained:
“The Tamba board of trustees have agreed that mums who give birth before 37 weeks will be entitled to an additional day’s leave and pay for every day between the date baby was born and the due date. This will be classed as compassionate leave and will be calculated at the full pay rate.
“In addition, if a staff member gives birth at 37 weeks or after and the baby requires neonatal care during their first 28 days of life, we will grant additional leave and pay for every day your baby spends in neonatal care during that time. This will also be classed as compassionate leave and will be calculated at the full pay rate.” Tamba has also updated its policy for paternity leave accordingly.
It comes at a time when the Government is conducting an internal review of the provisions for parents of premature babies and sick babies and those experiencing multiple births.
Welcoming the news, Catriona Ogilvy, founder and trustee of The Smallest Things, said:
“We are pleased that Tamba has taken this ground-breaking step of recognising and supporting families of premature babies and that it is the first charity in the UK to be awarded our ‘Employer with Heart’ accreditation.
Visiting a premature baby on a neonatal intensive care unit is a traumatic, distressing time for parents without the added worry of work and pay. It certainly shouldn’t count as parental leave. Tamba’s new policy gives parents precious time to bond with their fragile babies outside of the hospital environment and take care of them at home for longer.
We are delighted that Tamba is joining The Smallest Things in encouraging all employers to provide extended leave to parents of premature babies and working with us at Government level to hopefully see a change in policy.”
More than 315,000 people have signed the change.org petition calling on the UK government to extend paid parental leave for families affected by premature birth.
The Smallest Things is a premature baby charity, established in 2014, to support the needs of families and babies beyond the neonatal unit. If you would like further information about The Smallest Things Employer with Heart Charter, or would like to ask your organisation to sign up too, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org