Parents are back at work after having their children, but how can they keep their families together after a child has been born?
According to new research, they may need to look elsewhere for a home.
The study of 8,000 parents by the National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC) reveals that many are now working on their own.
According, the NCDRC has found that more than half of the parents surveyed had already bought a home but it is also clear that parents are now being forced to pay off debts to buy new homes.
“We know that it’s much easier for a parent to get a new home than to keep a baby,” Dr Caroline Mathers, the lead author of the study, told ABC News.
As well as being more costly to buy, Ms Mathery said many parents have also lost the skills that allowed them to care for their children when they were younger.
She said that many parents were not only finding themselves without jobs, but also in debt because they had not bought a new house yet.
“The question is what are they doing to get their kids back to a more normal lifestyle, and how do they do that?”
The report also found that many of those surveyed had not been able to afford to replace lost income, and many had seen their child’s schooling and careers drop off the map as a result of the economic downturn.
What you need to know about infant mortality The study also found many parents had seen significant changes in the amount of time they spent with their children and the amount that they spent caring for them, leading some to fear they would be left with children who were incapable of caregiving.
This is a concern that has led many parents to ask whether there is a better way to raise children than through the traditional route of childcare.
However, experts say there is still a lot to learn about infant deaths.
Professor John McManus from the University of Queensland’s School of Population and Family Health said that in the US, for example, infant deaths in the first year of life have been declining, although the rate of decline in the second year has been slower.
In Australia, however, infant mortality rates have remained relatively constant.
But the researchers say there needs to be more research to find out what factors may be causing the dramatic drop in infant mortality in Australia.
And if there are concerns that the decline in child mortality is being fuelled by changes in health and social policies, then there is an opportunity to improve.
More to come.