Alley Sullivan with her 22-month-old son, Ashley.
Alley Sullivan with her 22-month-old son, Ashley. The Chronicle/Kevin Farmer

Toowoomba mums welcome maternity plan

ALLEY Sullivan who is pregnant with her second child has welcomed the proposed changes to maternity leave with open arms.

Mrs Sullivan, Parent Support Group co-ordinator with the Childbirth and Parenting Education Association, said the working mothers in her group would see the changes as positive.

“So many (women) feel pressured into make a decision as to whether to stay home and take care of their child or go back to work.

“Even if you still haven't decided I think the 18 weeks is enough time to spend with your bub and also decide what you would like to do next,” Mrs Sullivan said.

“Any change is a good change when it comes to benefiting families. The good thing is the proposal has influenced public discussion,” she said.

Mrs Sullivan said the ability for women to take the maternity leave proposed would encourage career women to start a family and help Australia's population grow.

Mrs Sullivan has chosen to be a stay at home mother, but said the scheme that described a maternity allowance of $6800 was a good start. Ideally she would like the bonus to climb to about $9000.

“I guess it's still not enough for those of us that choose to stay at home, but it's something.”



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