Global Motherhood

Anatomy of a Mum

Dhanya Nair | Posted 23.03.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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.

'Dangerous Delay' Over East Africa Famine Cost Lives, Say Aid Agencies

PA | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK

Thousands of lives and millions of pounds were lost needlessly because of a "dangerous delay" in the response to the East Africa famine, a report has ...

Breast-Fed Babies ‘Cry More’ And ‘Laugh Less’

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 14.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

According to new research today, babies who are breast-fed cry more, laugh less and generally have ‘more challenging temperaments’ than bottle-fed...

Pictures: Protecting The World's Children In Emergency Disasters Of 2011

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK

From the Arab Spring to floods in Thailand and droughts in East Africa, children are often the most vulnerable in society to events outside their cont...

Baby I Charity Giving Abandoned Babies A New Home

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tasnim Nazeer

Enfield based charity 'Baby i' is aiming to provide abandoned babies with the support and assistance they need in giving them a 'new home' working alo...

High Street Coffee Risk For Pregnant Women

PA | Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

High street coffee shops could pose a risk to pregnant women due to large variations in caffeine content, according to research. Analysis of espres...

Help End Extreme Hunger With Save the Children

Ruth Dawkins | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics
Ruth Dawkins

Just less than a month ago, we moved house from Edinburgh to the South East of England, so that my husband could start his new job with Save the Children. Ever since then our 2 and a half-year-old son Tom has been working really hard to understand what his dad's new job is all about.

Midwives Struggle To Cope With Baby Boom

PA | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Maternity services in England and Wales have been "overwhelmed" by a rising number of births, including more complex cases, according to a new report....

We Can't Turn our Backs on Mogadishu's Children

Justin Forsyth | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK
Justin Forsyth

No parent should have to watch their child die. One of the first mothers I met in Sigale camp, Mogadishu, told me how she had had to do just that. Fleeing from her home because of the drought, unable to feed her children, she trekked seven days with her four children to Mogadishu to find refuge. On the way her youngest child, still breastfeeding, died. There was nothing she could do. She looked exhausted, and hadn't eaten herself for four days but was determined to save the lives of her three remaining children.