The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has given birth to a baby girl in Auckland City hospital: becoming the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office. As with all working mothers, the 37-year-old has already made plans to temporarily fill her role, announcing that her Deputy Winston Peters will be in charge of her duties for six weeks, at which point she will return to work. This period is only a third of the legal entitlement in the country, where the primary carer is currently entitled to one continuous period of 18 weeks. In the UK new mothers are entitled to take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave, with Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid for up to 39 weeks. However, like Arden, many return to work far sooner than the options available to them. “I cried all the way to work,” Sharon Cooper-Collins, 48, from Hertfordshire told HuffPost UK. The mother-of-three returned to work six … [Read more...] about Mums Who Took Shorter Maternity Leave Explain How It Felt To Go Back To Work
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Universal Credit is punishing self-employed people and leaving them potentially hundreds of pounds worse off than directly employed workers earning the same amount. A damning report reveals one struggling small business owner was forced to shut his firm down because his Universal Credit was slashed as the company grew. The Citizens Advice charity found that self-employed workers on Universal Credit could receive far less than employees earning the same amount. The charity has also called for a rethink over cuts to the work allowance element of the benefit, given the risk of financial insecurity for Universal Credit claimants. Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: "Despite the labour market changing significantly in the last decade, including a rapid rise in self-employment, Universal Credit is still better suited to those with regular jobs. "The Government has shown it is prepared to act to improve Universal Credit as new facts come to light - an approach we strongly … [Read more...] about Universal Credit ‘loophole’ leaves some £630 worse off
FOR the past couple of years, new mums have been able to share their paid leave from work with their other halves. But only two per cent of couples have taken up the Government scheme to split childcare. Ministers are now spending £1.5million on a publicity campaign to encourage mums and dads to “share the joy” of parenthood. But after carting your child around for nine months and going through labour, would you actually want to give your other half a piece of the maternity pie? Here, LYNSEY CLARKE and JOELY CHILCOTT ask two new mums if they would share their statutory leave. Yes - Says teacher Phillippa, 32 TEACHER Philippa Haigh shared the time off to look after son Reuben, 20 months, with her husband, teaching cover supervisor Andrew Morse, 38. She thinks other couples should do the same. Philippa, 32, from Stratford, East London, says: "After having our son in June 2016, I took six months’ leave but it made financial sense for Andy to take the last three … [Read more...] about Would you ‘share joy of parenthood’ and split maternity leave with your partner?
Sheeba, 42, had waited 18 years for a child and undergone various treatments for infertility 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Sheeba reportedly felt dizzy, caused by low blood pressure, and was quickly provided ventilator support. However, doctors could not save her. PHOTO: AFP /FILE A couple in India who felt on top of the world last week when they got their first children, a pair of twins, were dealt a heart-wrenching blow on Monday when the wife collapsed and died in hospital, according to Gulf News. The parents identified as Shishupalan and Sheeba, 42, belong to the southern state of Kerala, had waited 18 years for a child and had undergone various treatments for infertility. Their joy knew no bounds when Sheeba delivered twin girls at a private hospital in Thellakam on February 1. When the babies were delivered through a medical procedure, one of them was found to be underweight and shifted to an incubator. Murder mystery: Attack on twins stumps their … [Read more...] about After 18 years wait for children, Indian woman delivers twins and dies
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. By all accounts, Sweden is a wonderful place to raise children. Take lengthy paid leave if you want it, explore the many well-equipped public play areas, enjoy generous state benefits as the children grow up; the list goes on. Sweden has the world's first self-proclaimed feminist government and was recently ranked by separate surveys as both the best place in the world to be a woman and the best place for expat families. Yet despite the many positives to raising a family in Sweden, the country faces challenges in one extremely important aspect: maternity care. A Google search for 'förlossningskris' (maternity care crisis) brings up thousands of results, and Swedish media, including The Local, have reported for years on the problems facing the sector. The term 'crisis' should be seen in perspective. Sweden is an extremely safe place to give birth. Healthcare is heavily subsidized … [Read more...] about Why family-friendly Sweden is talking about a maternity care crisis