Jacinda Ardern: Working mums on how to survive a short maternity leave

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The BBC spoke to other working mothers who took short periods of time off work and asked them what advice they would give others in the same situation.

‘Do what you need to do to make it work’

Kelsey Gamble took six weeks of maternity leave for the birth of her first child.

In 2014, the then 23-year-old Australian moved to a different state and started a new job in marketing before she discovered she was pregnant. She decided to go back to work after just six weeks as she needed the income.

With her partner halfway through his degree and not in any paid employment, she had to go back to work. Her employer at the time did not offer any paid maternity leave, and because she was so new to the job, she would not have been entitled to any government-paid leave.

Source: bbc