Sunday 23 July 2017

New maternity leave laws are needed to protect mums of premature babies

'It is possible for a mother to defer her maternity leave while her baby is in hospital but there is no recognition of the vigil that can last weeks, no allowance for the time when her life has been propelled into a frenetic world' (stock photo)
'It is possible for a mother to defer her maternity leave while her baby is in hospital but there is no recognition of the vigil that can last weeks, no allowance for the time when her life has been propelled into a frenetic world' (stock photo)

Catherine Martin

Every year, about 4,500 babies are born prematurely (fewer than 37 weeks' gestation). One in 16 Irish women delivers a pre-term baby.

The impact on parents and extended families can be significantly challenging and sometimes very daunting.

The joyous occasion of the birth of their newborn moves swiftly on to fear and concern for the well-being of their baby. Emotionally draining and physically exhausting days, weeks and months lie ahead for these parents.

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