Friday, January 04, 2008
Nanny Bans Motherhood
It seems that the Health and Safety Gestapo have over reached themselves this time. Not content with banning all sorts of normal, everyday activities on the grounds of the "risk" that they pose to health and safety, Nanny has decided that motherhood is itself a risk and banned it.
That is what Liz Cooper, and five month old Dominca Jimenez, found out recently when they were at an evening group study session in St Mary's College (Blackburn) library and IT room.
Security staff asked her to leave.
Seemingly on health and safety grounds because of dust, temperature and hard-edged surfaces!
Ms Cooper has been been told that she can only have Dominica with her in the breast-feeding room, or the baby-changing facilities.
Ironically Ms Cooper is in fact studying for a degree in early years health, and one would have thought that she had some idea about the health and well being of her daughter.
Sarah Flanagan, spokeswoman for the college, said the decision was made on health and safety grounds.
As Ms Cooper said:
"The breast-feeding facilities are
all well and good, but if I can't take
her onto the rest of the site,
what is the point?
I'm not going to take her to
college just to feed her.
It's not as if I was in a lecture
at the time, it was a small study group.
The college accommodates people will all
sorts of disabilities and other learning
needs, so why not mums?
The college is saying that the problem
is health and safety, because of dust,
temperature and hard-edged surfaces,
but that's exactly the same as you would
find in a supermarket at home or anywhere else,
so I don't see the problem.
She was asleep and quiet and I was carrying
her in a sling so she wasn't disturbing anyone.
If she had woken up and cried
I would have immediately left the room.
I was very embarrassed and upset -
they called me away from my group and
asked me to leave. It was absolute madness
and I was made to feel like a criminal.
I was working in a group of four people and
there were only another four people there
they weren't being disturbed either.
It seems like I have to be either a student
or a mum and I can't be both."
Ms Cooper has not yet learned the rules of the Nanny state:
1 Parenthood is a disability and a disease
2 Nanny can't have children herself, and hates those who can
3 Parents wasting their time looking after their own children are not working to provide Nanny with the tax revenue she craves
4 Parents are not best suited to bring up children, it is the role of the state
Nanny is very annoyed that people have not yet learned these rules, and will be spanking your bottoms soon if you don't learn them.