Paid parental leave is good for mums, Australian study

first_imgHerald Sun 1 May 2017Family First Comment: Interesting survey from Australia“Better physical health was likely due to delaying putting children into childcare, which increases the “immediate likelihood of contracting infectious diseases”, the University of Melbourne study said. Reduced stress from having a secure income and less pressure to return to work may be behind the better mental health results.”… “Ten to 20 per cent of new mothers suffer depression in the first year of their baby’s life, and women who go back to work within six months have poorer mental health. Dr Hewitt said the study was likely to underestimate the total life benefits because it only focused on the first year after the policy started.”Taxpayer-funded maternity leave boosts the mental and physical health of new mothers, a study of more than 5000 Australian women has found. The introduction of the paid parental scheme of 18 weeks’ pay at minimum wage delivered significant benefits to all new mums in the first year of their baby’s life. Better physical health was likely due to delaying putting children into childcare, which increases the “immediate likelihood of contracting infectious diseases”, the University of Melbourne study said. Reduced stress from having a secure income and less pressure to return to work may be behind the better mental health results.Prior to the introduction of paid parental leave in 2011, women who worked continuously for the same employer got a period of unpaid leave for at least 12 months and the right to return to the same position. Less than half of mothers had access to paid leave from their company — usually those in the public sector or large organisations.The researchers surveyed mothers before and after the introduction of the scheme, finding small but significant improvements in their health 12 months after giving birth. “Overall, the study provides evidence that introducing paid maternity leave universally delivers health benefits to mothers,” lead author Dr Belinda Hewitt said. The World Health Organisation recommends all babies are breastfed for the first six months of their life.Writing in Social Science and Medicine, Dr Hewitt said social policies which alleviated family role stressors and pressures for women to return to work while breastfeeding could significantly improve maternal health and wellbeing. Ten to 20 per cent of new mothers suffer depression in the first year of their baby’s life, and women who go back to work within six months have poorer mental health. Dr Hewitt said the study was likely to underestimate the total life benefits because it only focused on the first year after the policy started.READ MORE: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/paid-parental-leave-is-good-for-mums-australian-study-shows/news-story/fe71d143dce74b6a9117ebdf2b1af662last_img read more

Five-star Bayern Munich thrash Fortuna Duesseldorf to close in on league title

first_imgBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski ended a personal jinx when he opened his account against Fortuna Duesseldorf by scoring twice in a 5-0 win on Saturday.The win ensured the title-holders moved closer to a record-extending 30th Bundesliga title. The thumping victory left leaders Bayern Munich, who are chasing an eighth successive league title, top of the standings on 67 points from 29 games.They are 10 points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund who visit bottom team Paderborn on Sunday.Lewandowski snapped his goal drought versus Fortuna Duesseldorf when he scored for the first time against them to give Bayern Munich a 3-0 lead in the first half.That was after a Mathias Joergensen own goal and a Benjamin Pavard header had opened the floodgates.It also meant the Pole had netted against every current Bundesliga team. He had failed to score in five league meetings versus Fortuna Duesseldorf, either with Bayern Munich or his previous club Borussia Dortmund.The prolific striker’s brace took his season’s tally in all competitions to 43 goals and equalled his personal best, which was set in the 2016/2017 campaign.Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick thus became the club’s first coach to win 22 of his opening 25 games in charge, and surpassed Pep Guardiola’s record of 21.The coach however stressed he only cared about filling the trophy cabinet.“I am not interested in statistics. It’s about being successful and it was important for us after the Borussia Dortmund game not to let up,” he said, referring to Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win at their closest rivals on Tuesday. Left-back Alphonso Davies, who also got on the scoresheet with the fifth goal, added: “After our game with Borussia Dortmund we wanted to go out and show the same attitude.”France defender Pavard took centre stage when his scuffed shot led to Joergensen’s own goal after 15 minutes, before he made it 2-0 just before the half-hour with a header.It was a header which goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier got a hand to but could not keep out.It was Lewandowski’s turn to shine as he capped a flowing move with a clinical finish.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter That was from the heart of the penalty area in the 43rd minute, after a flowing move through the middle.The Poland international made it 4-0 five minutes after the break with another predatory finish.He steered the ball in at the near post with a superb back-heel from Serge Gnabry’s low cross.Davies completed the rout two minutes later after weaving his way through three defenders and firing past Kastenmaier.But the goalkeeper made several fine second half saves to keep the score down.Bayern Munich became the first Bundesliga side to score 86 goals after 29 matches, breaking their own record of 84 in 1973/1974.The result left Fortuna Duesseldorf in 16th place – the relegation playoff spot – with 27 points.They are one point behind Mainz 05 and two above Werder Bremen who have a game in hand.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichFortuna DuesseldorfPep GuardiolaRobert Lewandowskilast_img read more