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As a new parent, I felt afraid and alone. The UK needs family-friendly policies now | Nell Frizzell

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Struggling to care for a baby is all too common. A new report shows the UK ranks shamefully low on support for parents The first day my partner went back to work after we’d had a baby, I had to shower, eat breakfast and make my lunch at 4.30am. In the dark. Without waking the neighbours. I had no other choice. My partner’s 90-minute commute and his 7.30am start time meant he had to leave the flat at 6am and wouldn’t be home again until 7pm. Thirteen straight hours of keeping an utterly helpless infant alive, on my own, having never done it before. If I wanted to eat, wash the night’s sweat, breastmilk and mustard baby shit off my body and have something for lunch, then I had to get it all sorted while there was someone else on hand to hold, rock, soothe, bounce or wind our baby.
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