Theresa May has begun consultations on the implementation of a government-funded paid leave for parents whose babies are premature or sick in the hospital. Just after celebrating the birth of their child, these parents have to immediately leave their side to go back to work. They need to leave their infants in urgent care, and this can be very stressful for a new parent.
In the UK, there are about 100,000 babies who need to go into neonatal care after being born. Whether it’s due to an illness, premature birth, or a developing condition, these infants need more medical attention than the average baby. As a new parent, it must be terrifying and nerve-wracking to leave your child completely in the hands of the medical professionals.
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cannot believe this was over 4 weeks ago and today I go back to work from maternity leave! These past few weeks have been newborn bliss full of cuddles and figuring so many things out 👶🏼 I’ve had multiple people ask me why I’m going back to work after only 4 short weeks. Well first off I’m a freelance worker so I don’t get paid for my time off and having a baby is #expensive but also I loveeee the work I do and getting to work and do something for myself makes me a WAY better mom. I think it’s easy to feel guilty as a mom but it doesn’t matter if you are in the workforce or working your buns off at home with your child - just remember your raising a little human and that’s something you should never feel bad about, however that looks for your family. ✨✨
The new government plan details how new parents in the country would get one week of state-funded leave for every week their baby is in the hospital. This way, parents don’t have to worry about going back to work immediately, and they can stay with their baby for as long as they need. May stated that it’s “not fair and not right” that parents have to return to work before their baby leaves the hospital. The goal of the plan is to give parents more time with their newborns, as caring for their baby is probably their newest priority.
May’s government has also been trying to create a parental leave system that reflects the modern-day family. While conceptions of childcare have changed over time, there’s still the existing assumption that women should shoulder more of the burden of taking care of the kids. While moms can take up to 52 weeks of maternity leave, dads can only take two weeks off at a pay of £149 a week. Many believe that fathers should not have to go on an unpaid leave just to be present in the first few months of their baby’s life.
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First day back to work...all good things must come to an end. But also very grateful to work where I was able to spend so much time raising Kit and Wren during their first weeks. #paternityleave #newdad #raisingstrongdaughters #twins #surrogacy #twingirls #2dads #2dadfamily #thisisparenthood #fatherhood #gayswithkids #dadsanddaughters #washurec #washu
While there’s still a long way to go, childcare policies in the UK are progressing. Their position on maternity leave is above the world average. They do, however, still have a lot to work on in terms of paternity leave and neonatal care. With changing policies and perspectives, there is much hope for radical change.