Mums are being forced to leave their newborn babies behind in hospital because they can’t afford to keep them thanks to Universal Credit and other welfare cuts, and other mums are turning to charities to pay for food, clothes, beds and blankets for their newborn babies.
And these babies, some of them haven’t even got a coat, pram or anything to take the baby home in, and the baby is left in the hospital when the mother goes home until a social worker or the NHS find provisions.
But a baby bank has been opened up, and two large shipping containers are now crammed with everything parents might need.
Abigail Mobey, 34, who has a week-old daughter, was one of the first to attend the facility, collecting clothes, nappies and a pram, but she didn’t actually want to ask for help, she simply never had any other option, but she feels like she’s won the lottery, and that it’s a miracle, and she’s also found help at the centre for her older children.
These parents that go to the centre really have no other choice because they’re simply not getting enough money from Universal Credit, and these parents don’t want their children to get browbeaten for having the wrong uniform at school.
Now Abigail’s son will have decent school shoes, and her daughter was the only one at school who didn’t have a summer uniform and now she does.
It’s just things that they’ve given to her, and just to be welcomed with a smile and a hug means more than anything to this woman, and new figures reveal 35,000 families have been supported this year alone by baby banks.
One organisation, Little Village, has given out more than £1million worth of kit to 2,000 despairing families since they started in 2016, including 30,000 nappies, 753 cots and 604 buggies, and Dave and Carole Lambourne set up Little Fishes baby bank in their garage, and it’s shocking in this day and age that parents need to use baby banks, but it’s the truth, and there are parents out there who are working but still struggle to put a meal on the table.
This is shameful considering we are the 5th wealthiest country in the world and people are having to go to baby banks, and this Tory government should hang their heads in shame, but didn’t the government bring in Universal Credit so more and more people would commit suicide? That’s one way of getting the dole line down with those who are ill and can’t work, many are committing suicide, and those who are prepared to work, they’re out there hopelessly striving to get work, but can’t, unless, of course, you are willing to do zero hour contracts, but then don’t earn enough money to pay rent and then need to go to food banks.
But then we have a corrupt and shameful government that control this country, they’ll feed the world and give billions away but not to their own country, and it’s horrendous that these food banks and baby banks even have to exist.
Some people out there might say that these people shouldn’t be having babies if they can’t support them, that they should use contraception, and that not getting pregnant is not difficult, but contraception is not 100 per cent, sometimes the contraceptive pill doesn’t work or whatever everybody else uses.
But this is your life, why shouldn’t you have a baby? What are people supposed to put their lives on hold permanently, people are not robots, the clock is ticking, but people merely pray that they will get work so that they can live their future, but sadly there are not enough jobs for everyone, and every day more and more robots take them over, and in the end the vast preponderance of humans will be out of a job.
What will they do then, will they have to put their dreams and goals on hold for the rest of their lives? And this will happen unless society moves forth with a different way of thinking, it’s already unfolding!