Maternity Leave

Relief It's Over? The First Day Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

So, it's done. The long anticipated day has come and gone. I did it, I left my beautiful girl and went back to work. When I woke up this morning, I fe...

Mummy's Heart - The End Of Maternity Leave

Deb Bunn | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

Just 18 short months ago my heart was breaking because it was looking like I would never be a mummy. Having spent years of loving my nieces and nephews and waiting my turn, I was facing the reality that I might not ever have a child of my own. I was sad and getting sadder.

Three Reasons Why Father's Day Should Be Abolished

Jeremy Davies | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.

One Week Countdown

Deb Bunn | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

I got in quite a flap the other day, and to be honest I had to have a word with myself! You see, these feelings are primarily me feeling sad for myself. There is of course a significant feeling of worry about how baby M will take to me not being around after nine months of a 24/7 relationship, but I know really she'll be fine.

Does Anyone Really Sleep Through The Night? The Myth Of Solid Foods And Infant Sleep

Amy Brown | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

One of the most common questions asked around sleep is whether giving a baby solid foods will help them sleep through the night. The idea that introducing solids to a baby early, or giving a baby more food, especially before bed will help them sleep is certainly appealing, but sadly a myth

Mummy's Back At Work

Deb Bunn | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

In my line of work I deal with a fair amount of long term staff absence and pride myself on supporting colleagues back to work through phased returns and other appropriate flexible and supportive arrangements. I recall a colleague asking for a phased return from maternity a couple of years back.

Mum Rewrites Daughter's Sexist Homework, Adds A Feminist Twist Like A Boss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum decided to rewrite her daughter’s homework worksheet to give it a feminist twist after being frustrated by the sexist message it was sending. ...

Shared Parental Leave - Two Years On

Hannah Cottam | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Cottam

On the second anniversary of a revolutionary policy that gives parents the opportunity to split time caring for their new born baby, studies have revealed that as little as one percent of men have so far taken up the opportunity to do so.

Tackling Maternity Leave Anxiety

Saira Aspinall | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Saira Aspinall

The realities of maternity leave when your job is dependent on YOU - as a personality, a creative, a presence in the system really isn't discussed enough. The idea that we are all replaceable, often with a younger model or another identikit 'part-time mum', is difficult to confront.

What To Expect When Your Business Is (Triple) Expecting

Rachel Deacon | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Rachel Deacon

It's by no means a finite process. But adapting an approach to suit each mum - as far as is possible - can pay dividends for the business too. No doubt, with the joy of the next pregnancy announcement will come another new mum, with a new set of expectations, fears, challenges; and another opportunity to find an even better way.

Half Of Fathers Would Use Shared Parental Leave

Sarah Jackson | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Jackson

It's now two years since Shared Parental Leave gave families a new way to share care in the first year of their child's life. After two weeks of compulsory maternity leave, eligible parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with their partner.

Maternity Leave: 4 Women Talk About The Challenges They Face In Modern Britain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents

One of the key considerations of becoming a parent in modern Britain is deciding how to balance your work and home life, or more specifically what you...

Shared Parental Leave - In What Ways Can Leave Be Taken?

Kate Palmer | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

The major advantage of SPL is that both parents can choose to take leave off at the same time for a greater period than the initial two weeks paternity leave afforded to fathers, partners and secondary adopters. In theory, the employees themselves can decide how to divide the leave between them and this may be equally.

Parents: Why You Need To Quit The Job You Hate

Lauren Marks-Clee | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Marks-Clee

I will never forget the day I realised I had to quit my well-paid job and set up my own business. I say had to, not because I was on the verge of being sacked or had an idiot of a boss, or even because I was bored. It was quite the opposite in fact.

Five Things You Should Know Before Creating Your Maternity Leave Plan

Jacqui Beel | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqui Beel

Despite the excitement around having a baby, in reality there is a lot of planning that comes with it that can seem daunting and stressful. When planning to take time off work, you want to make sure you create a plan that is best for you and your employer and make the most of the options available to you.

Top Tips On Maternity Leave And Pay

Sean Mchale | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sean Mchale

A pregnant employee has the right to 52 weeks' maternity leave. 39 of these weeks could be paid (although this could be longer if your employment contract allows for contractual maternity pay).

Five Ways To Make Your Maternity Leave The Stuff Of Dreams (Not Nightmares)

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

BBC's drama The Replacement was a disturbing exploration of maternity leave that tapped into the fears of many mothers-to-be but also raised a number of questions around our biases and assumptions that impending and new mothers are not to be trusted and start to unravel the moment the two blue lines appear.

How To Survive Your First Night Out After Having A Baby

Jeni Dibley-Rouse | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jeni Dibley-Rouse

So you have grown a baby, your baby has come out one way or another, you have fed it, stayed up all night and day with it but now it's time to get a small piece of your life back. The thought of going out on your own is daunting and going out at night with no children in the dark is scary but also exciting.

No One Likes To Be Considered Replaceable - Least Of All New Mums

Marina Gask | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Parents
Marina Gask

I went off on maternity leave a mess of insecurities. The interim editor was a brilliant journalist, and at the time unencumbered with inconvenient children - as I was about to be. What if she turned out to be better than me, or more popular? What if the circulation figures went up - what if they gave her my job?

In Favour Of Career Breaks

Sally Dhillon | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sally Dhillon

If we are to contribute to the workforce in healthy ways that fairly recognises and rewards our talents and potential, surely parents shouldn't be penalised for dipping out of employment and suffer the longer term impact on their employability.

Why Maternity Leave Is The Perfect Time To Start A Business

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

When I tell people I set up my business whilst I was pregnant and working full time (with a toddler) I usually get pretty polarised reactions. When I say I wished I had done it on my first maternity leave, reactions get more extreme.

Mum Who Took 9-Week-Old Travelling On Maternity Leave Is Doing The Same With Baby Number 2

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who took her nine-week-old daughter travelling around the world on maternity leave in 2015 will be doing the same again with her second child. ...

Adele's Right... Why Doing What You Love When You're A Mum Helps You 'Come Back To Yourself'

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

When munchkin was about 14 months old, I began going to yoga classes while my husband watched the baby, and it was such a relief to do something just for me. And yes, I could almost hear the strains of Adele singing.... "HELLOOOO" in my mind as I did my downward dog. Yes, Hello, I was back.

How Can Employers Support Employees Returning From Maternity Leave?

Kate Palmer | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

Employers can lessen the stress of the return by using Keeping In Touch (KIT) days productively. Women can work up to ten KIT days during their maternity leave and the employer can look to agree these days in a way which benefits the employee.

There Will Be 'Zero Tolerance' For Maternity Discrimination In Workplace, Says MP

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnant women and new mothers are expected to be given greater protection against discrimination in the workplace, MPs have revealed. A consultation ...