Director of Maternity Action, a national charity working to end inequality and promote the health and wellbeing of all pregnant women, partners and their children
Rosalind Bragg is the Director Maternity Action, the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years.
We are calling for the UK to adopt the German model of redundancy protection. Under this approach, women must not be made redundant from notification of pregnancy through to six months after return from work, with some limited exceptions. This follows the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
Many European countries accept the vulnerability and health risk of pregnant women and exempt maternity care from charging, even for women with irregular migration status. By contrast, the UK plans to continue charging for maternity care, stating that even destitute women will be asked to pay.
It found that half of all pregnant women in the workplace experience pregnancy discrimination in some form. Of these, 30 000 each year lost their jobs as a result. That's just under 8% of all pregnant women at work who were sacked or harassed out of their employment.
27/07/2012 15:12 BST
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