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Facts and figures

The Changing Face of Motherhood survey, commissioned by Procter and Gamble, found that 45pc of mums feel no guilt balancing work with the time they spend with the children.

> The other 55pc felt otherwise. Those with children aged 3-5 years were most likely to feel guilty.

> Women can pay as much as €15,000 a year to have just one child minded. Yet women earn an average of €29,400 a year - leaving them with €2,000 a month after tax and other deductions. It means that mums with more than one child could be handing over all their earnings to someone else to mind their children.