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“While on ma­ter­nity leave, I was suc­cess­ful in gain­ing a pro­mo­tion. They honoured the re­main­der of my mat leave and I re­turned to work in a pro­moted post but part-time. I felt sup­ported through­out preg­nancy, mat leave and my re­turn to work.” “(It’s) an­noy­ing when work­ers with chil­dren au­to­mat­i­cally ex­pect to get the school hol­i­days off. (It’s) their choice to have chil­dren so they should take that into ac­count in­stead of dic­tat­ing when they need their hol­i­days.” “Child­care is so ex­pen­sive which makes work­ing fam­i­lies se­verely strug­gle. Peo­ple on ben­e­fits get free child­care while those who work strug­gle.” “More com­pa­nies should pay ma­ter­nity leave not just statu­tory. Paid ma­ter­nity leave from the com­pany shows that they value you as an em­ployee! What woman wants to go back to work six weeks af­ter hav­ing a baby but some have to be­cause they can­not af­ford to stay offffff. Com­ing back at that early point means you could be tired, still re­cov­er­ing from a C-sec­tion and not up to 100 per cent per­for­mance level.” “Women are pe­nalised for giv­ing birth, ma­ter­nity pay doesn’t even cover ba­sic liv­ing costs plus it low­ers women’s pen­sions come re­tire­ment as they have had time offffff.”

29% were forced to take a lower paid role

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a sin­gle par­ent, I have had to leave jobs be­cause of child­care con­straints, in­flex­i­ble hours and, on one oc­ca­sion, I was sacked. My sit­u­a­tion has im­proved now, but for a very long time I felt very much that the sys­tem was set up against me work­ing and try­ing to bet­ter my­self.” “Although I think there should be some flex­i­bil­ity in work hours for mums, I be­lieve – and have seen – some em­ploy­ers bend over back­wards for some who abuse this. Mums still have to re­alise that busi­nesses have to run and re­sent­ment can build up when mums get so much flex­i­bil­ity and pri­or­ity op­tions like fin­ish­ing ear­lier, us­ing mo­bile phones etc. If you are back at work and are be­ing paid then you should de­liver 100 per cent or you should not be there.”

6 in 10 mums re­turned to a part-time role

“(I’d like) some­where suit­able to ex­press milk if nec­es­sary, and le­niency on use of phones to check if the baby is okay, it’s hard enough to leave them with­out not be­ing able to check on them too.”

“I work in HR and some­times the worst in­stances of dis­crim­i­na­tion against new mums and car­ers come from other women, not men.”

59% of you said new mums aren’t given enough sup­port

“I’m try­ing to work out how I’m go­ing to fi­nance two chil­dren in full-time child­care while be­ing a ‘pro­fes­sional’ and helping my mother who has heart failure. And I’ll be up at 5am clean­ing.”

26% have been dis­crim­i­nated against for be­ing a mum

59% of you are work­ing mums

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