Maternity Leave and Pay

My concerns are my possible inability to afford to stay off on maternity leave for the 9 or 10 months I had originally planned to, last year. This is as a result of my husband being furloughed with no real idea if he could lose his job, which would impact our ability to “save up“ for maternity leave. (We are still saving). Our current savings might need to be used if he is made redundant as a result of the current pandemic. This is causing me anxiety which isn’t good for my baby. This may mean reduced bonding/breastfeeding my baby. This means perhaps unable to socialise my baby. As we also know unable to see family or have any support from family. What if my husband has to take a job on much reduced salary and we can’t afford nursery/childcare? What if my parents cannot help with childcare as they are vulnerable? All serious concerns.

Why the contribution is important

Financial implications of the pandemic on a mother’s ability to bond, nurture and look after her child which is in their best interests.

by Linsey6 on May 07, 2020 at 05:50PM

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  • Posted by Nursewifemother May 07, 2020 at 19:26

    Some new Mums. Like my niece is due to return to work soon in the NHS, I would love for her to be paid to stay at home for longer to keep them safe
  • Posted by LorraineNoble May 07, 2020 at 21:01

    For many maternity/paternity leave has/will not be the experience that new parents expected. It's a precious and critical time for bonding and for the development of the baby. Lockdown has affected this negatively and so the Government should consider enhancing maternity leave and maternity pay in order to allow new parents and newborns to have the maternity experience they should have had.
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