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Adults "unprepared" for parenthood

A new poll reveals that many adults are unprepared for how much their lives will change after they become a parent.

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) questioned 591 adults about their thoughts on children.

Of those polled, 43% were childless, while 57% were parents.

The researchers found that 19% of those without children think labour lasts less than six hours, when in reality a woman is typically in labour for 10 to 12 hours.

A total of 47% said they would not feel confident if they were looking after a newborn baby, while 26% said they would feel very nervous.

And 42% of those without a child believe they will get between one and seven hours a day of free time even if they have a newborn to look after.

But when the same question was asked of parents, 9% said they have no free time at all, while 28% said they only have between one and two hours.

Belinda Phipps, chief executive of the NCT, said: "It is worrying to see how many people feel so unprepared and misinformed about becoming a parent.

"Parents do a very important job. These results show that now more than ever parents need information and support."


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