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# Working Mothers

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# Working Mothers
Lower-income families spending 20% of their disposable incomes on childcare
A new study from the ESRI has looked at how the cost of childcare affects working mothers.
# World War II
Italian woman who had baby with German soldier reunited with daughter after 71 years
“I never imagined that I would one day be able to hug her”.
Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the land of working parents – there’s not much of the pay cheque left after crèche fees, commute and (caffeine) subsistence.
Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?'
Overall, more women than men stay at home to raise children (at least for a short while). But why?
Motherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leave
For some the end of maternity leave is a sad time, for others it’s something to look forward to – either way there are some practical steps to manage that transition.
Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice'
Guilt may not be the defining emotion of motherhood but it is certainly one of the most consistent, writes Emily Hourican.
Column: The 'Mammy Wars' – do we judge each others' choices?
Andrea Mara writes: there are no universal truths about the different circumstances mothers find themselves in … and aren’t we all too busy, anyway, to have time to judge one another?
Column: We need family friendly politics if we want more women in the Dáil
Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli has brought her daughter to work with her since she was a baby in a bid to highlight the difficulties faced by working mothers, something Irish politics needs to look at, writes Regina Doherty TD.
# Working Mothers
RTÉ's Miriam calls TV3 to clarify RTÉ website comments
RTÉ host Miriam O’Callaghan goes on TV3′s Midday programme to clarify her stance on working as a mother.
# US
Michelle Obama calls for removal of breastfeeding barriers at work
The lack of appropriate places for nursing women to express milk at work leads to fewer continuing with breastfeeding – which is linked to higher rates of obesity, says Obama.
The secret regrets of a stay-at-home mum
She stayed home in order to raise her family. Now she’s broke and can’t find a job. Writer Katy Read issues a stark-warning to mothers tempted to give up work to spend time with their children: don’t do it.
# Motherhood
Office babies: Is pregnancy contagious?
A new study shows how pregnancy “spreads” quickly through offices.
# Maternity Pay
State to fund maternity leave for self-employed
New European laws coming into effect this week will see self-employed women receiving greater social security support from the state.