With more and more women going back to work after having children, childcare - its costs and its developmental implications - has become one of the most vexed issues for new parents. Parents are faced with many questions; nursery or nanny? Stay at home longer or go back to work? Move closer to grandparents or muddle through without?
It was a dilemma reporter Madeleine Morris faced when returning to work in Australia after having her daughter Scarlett, now two years old. Burdened with endless theories about what is best for baby, like so many parents in developed countries, she now pays a large proportion of her salary to keep her child in nursery. She is constantly rushing to pick up, drop off and get home for bath time, feeling guilty all the while.
In Who's Holding the Baby? Madeleine will be asking if this is the only way. She and Scarlett set out to discover two vastly different approaches to caring for children, as found in Fiji and China, and the social politics and emotions that go with them.
In Fiji they experience a society where childcare is shared amongst the extended family, and everyone from young to old plays a role.
Along the way they ask what our childcare choices say about our values as a society, and what we might learn from others.
Picture Madeleine Morris and Scarlett