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Premature baby parents ‘need extra maternity leave’

The mother of a baby boy who was born prematurely has backed calls for parents like her to get extra maternity leave.

Sarah Kirker’s son, Matthew, was born at just 24 weeks gestation on 1 April – more than three months earlier than expected.

As a consequence, Mrs Kirker’s maternity leave also arrived early. It started the day after Matthew was born.

“I felt my maternity leave slipping away,” she told BBC News NI.

Premature baby parents ‘need extra maternity leave’

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