Family Planning

Family Planning Services Are Desperately Needed In Conflicts And Disasters

Hana Pauls | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Hana Pauls

Mary explained that where she works, a typical day involves two trained midwives looking after around 50 women. What an astonishing contrast to the hospital where I work, where we try to achieve one-to-one care, so that a woman in established labour has one midwife who looks after her throughout her labour and birth.

Without Contraception, Ugandan Girls Are Seen As An Accident Waiting To Happen

Dr Carole Sekimpi | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Dr Carole Sekimpi

We know getting contraception to every woman who wants it is going to be a big challenge, one of the largest ever undertaken. I'm inspired by the future I see for my own daughters and I know we can do it. We have to do it.

Is The Handmaid's Tale Closer Than We Think?

Charlotte Clarke | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK
Charlotte Clarke

According to the report, millions of women and girls in the world's poorest countries have been raped, denied access to safe abortions, and forced to have multiple pregnancies by their intimate partners over the past five years. This means they do not have control over their body and fertility.

The World Needs To Talk About Sex

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Josaphine* was 13 when she started having unprotected sex. "I started having sex at the age of 13 with a 15 year old boy. In my community, most hous...

Maternity Leave: 4 Women Talk About The Challenges They Face In Modern Britain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents

One of the key considerations of becoming a parent in modern Britain is deciding how to balance your work and home life, or more specifically what you...

Trump And A Room Full Of Men Decide The Fate Of Women’s Health - Again

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK

A room full of white men met on Thursday to decide the fate of maternity coverage for millions of women in the US. Surrounded by conservatives, US Pre...

Madonna Confirms She Has Adopted Malawian Twin Girls With This Adorable Instagram Snap

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Madonna has welcomed two new additions to her family after adopting twin sisters Stella and Esther from Malawi. The 58-year-old said she was “overjo...

Katherine Heigl And Josh Kelley Have Welcomed Their Third Child

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents

Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley have welcomed their third child. Heigl gave birth to a son named Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. on 20 December,...

Everything You Need To Know About Shared Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Georgia James | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents

Until last year, taking paid time off work to look after a new baby rested very much on the mother’s shoulders. But since the introduction of shared...

Maternal Hoo-ha

Katherine Press | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Katherine Press

Every time a female politician begins a statement with "as a mother" I tend to switch off. It's a patronising and lazy way to give yourself authority on a subject. "As a mother" doesn't mean anything other than you may know your own offspring quite well...

Here's How To Make A January Budget You Can Stick To

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Our Difficult Decision to Have Just One Child

Alice Bell Reeves | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Alice Bell Reeves

Some of our concerns are longer-term. While we do okay financially, our jobs aren't super secure. Having one child keeps us nimble, and means that if we had to relocate to a more expensive city, we'd have a decent shot at maintaining our quality of life.

Choosing to Go It Alone

Jayne Molyneux | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Molyneux

A study released by Bupa found that a considerable number of cancer patients are choosing to go it alone and keep friends and family in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment, in order to protect them.

Hopes and Dreams: It's Time to Act

Michael Holscher | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Michael Holscher

Hope has many faces. It is the face of a woman in Tanzania who has borne seven children and finally, for the first time in her life, has access to modern contraception. It is the face of an Ethiopian teenager, married off as a child, who decides to postpone her second baby until she can finish school herself.

Egg Freezing -12 Frequently Asked Questions

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Egg freezing is in the news this week as Apple and Facebook have announced that they will offer egg freezing to their female employees. There is a lot misinformation about egg freezing and so here are 12 frequently asked questions and their answers.

World Contraception Day in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Robson

The message of World Contraception Day is empowering: "It's your life; it's your future; know your options." But let's take this to the next level. Let's come together to ensure that no one stops at knowing their options but that all of us, no matter where in the world we live, can act on this knowledge and freely choose when we have children and how many children we have.

Women's Rights: The March Backwards

Thilde Knudsen | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Thilde Knudsen

Spain is about to criminalise abortion; politicians in the UK repeatedly attempt to reduce the 24-week limit and today in Brussels, a Parliamentary hearing is discussing a European Citizens' Initiative that if successful would block European Commission (EC) development funding for maternal health.

How the 'Avon' Model Is Empowering Women to 'Inspire Change' in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

The first International Women's Day (IWD), aimed at both celebrating the extraordinary social, political and economic achievements of women, and directing a spotlight on areas requiring further action, was observed in 1911 at a time when family planning services were extremely limited.

Africa's Next Billion Can World Leaders Help Us Reap the Benefits of the Demographic Dividend?

Esther Worae | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Esther Worae

Speaking as a midwife and one of the 1.1 billion people living in Africa, to my mind, there is one recurring topic that perfectly fits this year's theme: "Reshaping of the World"- and that is the future of our people.

Promise Keepers: It's Time to Deliver for Women and Girls

Michael Holscher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Holscher

One of the most surprising and to my mind worrying statistics I have come across recently is that 38% of the 220million women we need to support have actually used contraception before. That means that for whatever reason, having once been able to control their fertility these women have had their access to contraception blocked, and we have failed them.

5 Things to Think About if You Want to Have a Baby

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

One of the questions I often get asked is: "What should I do to prepare my body for pregnancy?" Trying to start a family can be a challenge, and many women want to know all the facts to give themselves the best chance of conception and give their baby the best start in life

NHS Fife Denies IVF To Smokers And Fat Women

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK

The decision of an NHS board in Scotland to deny IVF to smokers has been labelled as “scandalous” by a infertility charity. NHS Fife has said t...

Who Can Possibly be Against 50 Million Fewer Abortions?

Jenny Tonge | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Jenny Tonge

In reality no-one is "pro-abortion," but rather we, along with the mainstream populace of the vast majority of the developing world, are "pro the right to abortion." Each woman should be allowed and empowered to make her own decision as to whether she continues her pregnancy - according to her health, her morals, her religion, her resources and all the other circumstances she finds herself in.

Planning for Family Planning - Walking the Talk of the London Summit

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

It's clear that last week's London Family Planning Summit was a success. The vibe at the Summit was electric with many global leaders making big promises. A massive well done to Melinda Gates, who nudged world leaders to pledge more $2.8 billion in support of family planning up to 2020.

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

Peter Byass | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.