Over 105,000 believe so, and they have signed a petition requesting the Government to extend the length of time granted for parents who have premature babies.

Whether this is feasible or not for employers is clearly an issue which will weigh heavily in the minds of those with the power to change legislation.

The UK does fair well with respect to granting time off for maternity leave already compared to many other countries within the EU (if you would like to see some stats, visit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/ATAG/2014/545695/EPRS_ATA(2014)545695_REV1_EN.pdf). 

Whilst it is unlikely that an employer will be taken to a tribunal for discrimination related to maternity leave in this context in time soon (although in litigation, anything can happen!), they should nonetheless carefully consider their options in relation to maternity leave policies.

The proposed amendment (which was voiced in the Commons on 25 October 2016) could oblige employers to delay the start of maternity leave and pay to being only after the period for which the premature baby is under hospital care.

Practically speaking, this is great for parents. A lot of pressure though for businesses.

It is unclear whether there is any medium ground to be found. We shall wait and see what fruit this brings in due time.