Yesterday, Steve Reed MP introduced a bill to parliament, calling for extended parental leave for mothers and fathers of premature babies.
The bill, which has gained cross party support, is now scheduled to be debated on 16 December 2016.
You can watch again, as Steve Reed MP introduces the #PrematurityBill here.
The campaign is beginning to get the publicity it needs!
Born too soon, mothers of premature babies spend weeks or months of their maternity leave visiting tiny and often critically ill babies in hospital. Steve said;
“Having a premature baby is one of the most traumatic experiences that any parent can go through. Instead of bringing home the healthy baby they had longed for, their tiny baby is put inside an incubator, fighting for its life, surrounded by tubes, wires and bleeping monitors. Instead of holding their baby close, these parents can only watch as their baby struggles to breathe, dependent on life support and intensive care.”
More than 110, 000 people have now signed the petition to extend leave for families of premature babies and the campaign has been receiving high profile media attention.
Is change is possible?
YES, and the precedent has already been set. New Zealand currently offers extended leave, as well as other European countries such as Finland, Iceland and Croatia.
Will change happen?
YES! With the support of the public and cross party parliamentary support for the bill, change can happen!