Global Motherhood

An Olympic Approach to Parenting

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

How many times have you sat down to watch the Olympic Games and thought 'I know exactly how that feels'? Not often right, but perhaps we as parents should. It struck me recently that parenting is actually not dissimilar to this sporting event, with numerous hurdles, sprints and relay's taking place all the time.

Adolescent Health: The Forgotten Generation

Professor Mark Hanson | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Mark Hanson

What does the future look like for the 1.2billion adolescents in the world today, almost 90% of whom live in developing countries? For adolescent girls in particular, under-age marriage, violence and abuse and teenage pregnancy blight their lives. Their access to education or a minimum wage if employed, and especially to health care, is severely limited.

New Englishisms I Learned From Being a North American Mum Living in the UK

Fariba Soetan | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Fariba Soetan

I'd lived and worked in the UK almost seven years before we had kids, so I thought I'd pretty much learned the lingo I needed to get by in British circles. But becoming a parent in England has often made me feel as if I've just stepped off that plane.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Why the Motherhood Challenge Is Unfair to Mothers

Joanna Montegriffo Bailey | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Joanna Montegriffo Bailey

As I scrolled down my News Feed instinctively zooming past the generic collages of cute baby with food on his face and cute baby in funny hat being held by yummy mummy, I felt confused.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Children Are Better Than Medicine - Fact

Detrice Matthews | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Parents
Detrice Matthews

After the school run I waited in the reception of the Breast Care Unit, trying to enjoy the moments of peace (actually having time to read a magazine about random celebrities that I had never heard of) - but I was shaking. Even though I knew the answer before I was told, I was still shaking.

Meeting Miracle Babies Who Survived Earthquake in Nepal

Natalie Curtis | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK
Natalie Curtis

A few days ago in an earthquake survivor's camp, I met Shreya, who is eight months' pregnant. She told me that the earthquake shook her so hard that her baby moved into the wrong position. Thankfully her baby has moved back now, but she worries that there will be complications when she gives birth.

Aren't We All Judgemental?

Jo Eden | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Eden

Opinions and judgements are normal and help us to process information. Say what you want to your close friends and family, we all bitch and moan. Don't feel guilty or apologise for having an opinion.

Anatomy of a Mum

Dhanya Nair | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dhanya Nair

I am a young mum (29 is still young, right?) but these signs that motherhood has given me makes me feel old. I wonder almost every day why women have to bear the burden of perpetuating life on earth?

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

Woman Who's 40 Weeks Pregnant Performs 'Thriller' Routine To Induce Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Bonnie Northsea is nine months pregnant. But rather than turn to spicy food to induce labour, she tried out something a little different. The 32-ye...

Has Feminism Gone Too Far? Or Will We No Longer Have a Place For Mothers in Society?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

The Other Uproar in Germany: The Midwife Crisis

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
 Camalo Gaskin

Before the recent historical win by Germany in the World Cup Championship and the riotous parties in the streets, there were other strong magnets to Berlin by young outsiders. A new generation of international women have been flocking to Berlin for its green, woman-centric, and family friendly culture.

What My Mother Told Me

Donna Ida Thornton | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Ida Thornton

Mother's Day is soon approaching and with International Women's Day last Saturday, suddenly everything seems to be about women, and Mums, and how much we really do learn from them. The people I look to for inspiration are all women, every single one of them.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Fighting to End Newborn Deaths Across the World

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In an effort to save millions of newborn lives, we are urging all global leaders to take a stance this year and commit to a blueprint for change, namely, the Five Point Newborn Promise. This agenda focuses on training and equipping enough skilled healthcare workers to make sure no baby is born without proper help, and removing fees for all pregnancy and birth services.

No Laughing Matter; Lunch With Desmond Tutu

Brigid McConville | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Brigid McConville

With the recent loss of Nelson Mandela, South African found its voice - and during the memorial service, its silence - in Desmond Tutu. He was Mandela's ally through so many decades of struggle. He remains a hugely respected scourge of the world's wrongs, and irrepressible champion of the oppressed.

Belfast, Blantyre or Bihar: Nurse Power Could Save Millions of Newborn Lives

Professor Joy Lawn | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Joy Lawn

Today in Northern Ireland, over 200 babies will be born, about 20 preterm, but only about three newborns die each week. In Belfast, newborns dying of infection recently precipitated a major media storm.

Fighting Female Genital Mutilation With Our Keyboards: The Feminist Statement on FGM Is Launched Today

Hilary Burrage | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Burrage

The basic human rights of children must always over-ride the 'cultural' sensitivities of adults. Until nations everywhere perceive FGM not as a custom, but rather as an epidemic which must be addressed by governments as well as community workers, it will continue to blight the lives of millions. Whole communities over generations suffer because of it.

How Red Nose Day Is Helping to Combat Malaria in Africa

Brenda Blethyn | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Brenda Blethyn

When Comic Relief invited me to Uganda for Red Nose Day to meet families affected by malaria, I was worried and scared in equal measures. Worried about how I would cope with hearing from parents who have lost children to this deadly disease, and scared that I too could get bitten by a malaria infected mosquito and fall sick.

The Social Pressure of Experiencing Motherhood

April Salchert | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
April Salchert

Childbirth is not a rite of passage. We are not cave men. We have choices. Men do not have to hunt and women do not have to gather berries and breed children. Just because our bodies are built to do something, does not mean we have to pump out children and slay wildlife.

My Unbelievable Experiences With Build it for Babies

Myleene Klass | Posted 09.07.2012 | Home
Myleene Klass

I visited Bangladesh in January and think I must have left a little piece of my heart with the amazing mothers and children over there who have to battle for everything to survive.

Tribute to Motherhood

Shabana Azmi | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK
Shabana Azmi

No matter where she is from, a mother's happiness will depend on her child's wellbeing. This similarity cuts through all other differences that may exist between mothers living on opposite sides of the world.