I used to work for a multi-national media company in London. When I fell pregnant with my first child, I was half expecting to be made redundant whilst on mat leave as I’d seen this happen to at least 3 other women on their mat leave. So when It happened I wasn’t surprised. Two months before my mat leave was due to finish, I asked for flexible working and was told that since this wasn’t possible for me (although no reason why not), it would be better for me to take ‘voluntary redundancy’. I was offered a generous leave settlement and had to sign a form to say I wouldn’t sue the company, or say anything negative about the company. At the time I was happy to be able to spend more time with my baby, and the money kept us going for a few months, but I underestimated how difficult it would be to get part-time work in my business, and pay for childcare (uk is the second most expensive country for childcare, after switzerland) and with no family around this has meant that I could not afford to work! I love my job, and feel very resentful that this country is so badly set up for mums who actually want to work (and need to work!), but are unable to do so. I’m educated, skilled and ambitious, but feel trapped at home. I’ve been able to get some freelance work, but our debts are ever increasing. There is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to work from home, but most employers are reluctant (including my previous employer).