Empowering self-employed new mums

In the UK self-employed new mums are currently receiving 90% less income during the first 6-weeks after having a baby, than those new mums who are employed. Answer this survey to help us lobby government for positive change.

As a self-employed mum, during the first six weeks after having a baby did you find that you had no option but to continue to work? Please tick one answer.

Question Title

* 1. As a self-employed mum, during the first six weeks after having a baby did you find that you had no option but to continue to work? Please tick one answer.

Would you say you felt stressed, anxious or even depressed during those first 6 weeks of becoming a new mum, due to the fact that you had to try and keep your business running?

Question Title

* 2. Would you say you felt stressed, anxious or even depressed during those first 6 weeks of becoming a new mum, due to the fact that you had to try and keep your business running?

Would you agree that if you had received the equivalent of 90% of the profit you’d have normally made during those 6 weeks (based on the same duration in the previous year), it would have lightened the load – for example, you may have been able to draft in some support, and pay to have cover? Please tick one box.

Question Title

* 3. Would you agree that if you had received the equivalent of 90% of the profit you’d have normally made during those 6 weeks (based on the same duration in the previous year), it would have lightened the load – for example, you may have been able to draft in some support, and pay to have cover? Please tick one box.

Did you ever feel that you may have to cease trading as a self-employed person / business, after having a baby? Please tick one box.

Question Title

* 4. Did you ever feel that you may have to cease trading as a self-employed person / business, after having a baby? Please tick one box.

Which of the following side effects did you experience after having a baby, as a self-employed person? Please tick all that apply to you.

Question Title

* 5. Which of the following side effects did you experience after having a baby, as a self-employed person? Please tick all that apply to you.

If you have client-based business, which of the following statements apply to you? If none of them apply or you don't have a clclient-based business, tick the last box. Please tick only one box.

Question Title

* 6. If you have client-based business, which of the following statements apply to you? If none of them apply or you don't have a clclient-based business, tick the last box. Please tick only one box.

Did you ever fear, before starting your own business or becoming self-employed, that having children may make it difficult? Please tick one box.

Question Title

* 7. Did you ever fear, before starting your own business or becoming self-employed, that having children may make it difficult? Please tick one box.

Is your child(ren)'s father also self-employed? Please tick one box.

Question Title

* 8. Is your child(ren)'s father also self-employed? Please tick one box.

With the benefit of hindsight, did you underestimate the effect a newborn baby would have on your business?

Question Title

* 9. With the benefit of hindsight, did you underestimate the effect a newborn baby would have on your business?

Would you like the government to match the 90% of maternity pay that employed new mums get, for self-employed mums?

Question Title

* 10. Would you like the government to match the 90% of maternity pay that employed new mums get, for self-employed mums?

Do you think equality in maternity pay for employed / self-employed mums would (or would have) extend(ed) the life of your self-employed status?

Question Title

* 11. Do you think equality in maternity pay for employed / self-employed mums would (or would have) extend(ed) the life of your self-employed status?

Do you think you'd benefit from having all your / your children's GP appointments at home? If so please use the code MUMPRO to get £10 off GPDQ, the UK's first doctor on demand service: www.gpdq.co.uk  

Question Title

* 12. Do you think you'd benefit from having all your / your children's GP appointments at home? If so please use the code MUMPRO to get £10 off GPDQ, the UK's first doctor on demand service: www.gpdq.co.uk  

Would you like to share your story and experiences as a case study? Your sharing could help make government improve the maternity pay for self-employed mums. If so, please leave your email below.

Question Title

* 13. Would you like to share your story and experiences as a case study? Your sharing could help make government improve the maternity pay for self-employed mums. If so, please leave your email below.

T