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The article on pregnancy (NCE 18 October) rather saddened me. So much so, in fact, that I am about to commit the unpardonable sin of challenging the political correctness of the opinions given.

Evidence seems to be accumulating to show that babies need the continual contact, care and love of their mothers, certainly during the formative years of their lives, to allow them to develop most successfully. There seems to be very little thought given to these aspects in the correspondent's letter or the replies.

The important issue appears to be how she can continue her career in spite of the child.

May I suggest that the wellbeing of the child should come first and the ambitions of the mother second.

This, of course, will go down like a lead balloon with the career women and probably with a number of male members who seem to think it essential to encourage women into the profession at all costs.

However, it seems to me that successful motherhood is a full time occupation for quite a while and not something to be palmed off onto hired help or a relative, even part time. Those women who think they can make a success of both motherhood and a career are kidding themselves.

BA Stewart, wife of a Fellow, mother of three, 33 The Mowbrays, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9DL

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