Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is throwing his weight behind a campaign for longer maternity leave for mothers of premature babies by supporting a petition.
The petition was started by Catriona Ogilvy and will be delivered to Minister for Employment, Dept of Work & Pensions Damian Hinds MP and Minister for Women & Equalities Justine Greening MP and aims to help women whose newborn babies are in hospital for a long period of time. This often prevents mothers from bonding with their child during their maternity leave.
Catriona Ogilvy said: “When my first son was born ten weeks early, I had no idea that maternity leave would begin the very next day, months before we would bring him home…It broke my heart leaving my tiny baby every day and he spent the first months of my maternity leave in hospital.”
Tom Brake added: “I was happy to sign this petition and support Catriona’s campaign. It is unfair that women who are already suffering from being apart from their newborn premature babies should be forced back to work without proper bonding time. Any women with premature births that are followed by extended hospital stays for the child should be given extended maternity leave. I urge the government to introduce legislate for this.”