Mothers should not feel guilty about either returning to work or deciding to stay at home after having a baby, Professor Heather Joshi told the ChildForum Early Childhood Research Symposium in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 6 May.
She said there was little evidence that combining childcare and work puts a child’s development at risk. ‘It’s up to the individual’, she said. ‘It’s much more important that the baby has a warm experience of good care, and it’s up to the family to decide on the arrangements of that care.’
A report on her presentation appeared in the 7 May issue of The Press, South Island’s biggest-circulation daily newspaper.
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