Neonatal Bill clears parliamentary hurdle

Last week, the campaign for proper paid leave for the parents of premature and sick babies moved closer to success as new legislation passed through the House of Commons.

The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill, which was brought in as a Private Member’s Bill by Stuart McDonald MP, cleared its first hurdles and has now passed to committee stage of the legislative process.

Having a baby who is born premature or sick can have a serious detrimental impact on the mental health of parents and they deserve extra support. This Bill aims to do exactly that.

Although the Bill still has a way to go before becoming law, it has been boosted by support from the Government.

Watch my full speech from last Friday’s debate below, including my own personal story which gives some background as to why this matter is so close to my heart.

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