Maternity Care

Nobody Ever Fails At Breastfeeding And This Is Why

Vanessa Christie | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Christie

They can often be left reeling with a deep sense of failure and guilt. But in truth, it is never their personal responsibility. It is the failure of a medical and cultural system, that has not enabled them to reach their goals, or at the very least, given them a knowledgeable and non-judgmental explanation as to what happened.

Bringing New Life To Maternity Care

Professor Tim Draycott | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Professor Tim Draycott

The old adage that 'practice does not make perfect, if it is the wrong practice' is certainly true and some training programmes have even been demonstrated to do more harm than good. However, when the right training is provided for all staff in a unit, the results can be dramatic.

Six Life Lessons From the NICU

Alison Bloomer | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

For every nine families that walk out of the door of the maternity wing elated yet flagging, one will spend time in the neonatal unit. And within each unit is this room. A room that if it could talk would tell you such tragic tales. That has witnessed the deepest depths of despair.

Why I Hope My Doctor Is Off Having a Cup of Tea

Jodie Hardwick | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jodie Hardwick

What I do know, is that when me and my tiny offspring needed them, they were there for us. Yes, there were times I was kept waiting. There were times I was told someone would be there in the morning and I didn't see them until the evening. But when we needed them, they were there.

Why Midwives Are Set to Strike This Monday

Cathy Warwick | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Midwives saw their pay frozen back in 2011, frozen again in 2012, before it rose 1% in 2013. If the typical midwife's pay had risen in line with prices since 2010, she or he would be paid over £4,000 more per year than they're actually getting. Despite that deep fall in their standard of living, what midwives and others are asking for to resolve this dispute is not a king's ransom; they are asking for just a 1% rise.

Women Rate the Quality of NHS Maternity Care

Dr Dan Poulter | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Dan Poulter

Since our Prime Minister David Cameron introduced it last year for hospital patients, we have had instant feedback from over 1.3million people - and there is clear evidence our NHS is responding well.

Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

Toni Harman | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and well-being of millions of women around the world. That cause is human rights in childbirth.

Quality Of Maternity Care During Childbirth Varies Widely Across England, Warn Experts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Many expectant mothers are not getting the best possible care during childbirth, experts said after research showed wide variations in maternity care ...

Is the Government Waking up to Midwife Shortage?

Cathy Warwick | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

Our number-crunching, for the year 2011, suggests that England is short of as many as 5,000 midwives. Progress on midwife numbers since the turn of the century reminds me of the tortoise and the hare. I just hope that, as in the case of that fable, the tortoise ends up winning.

Why Mothers Can Have It All (But Not All At Once)

Nicola Elliott | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Elliott

Downtime?! Did he mean one of the few spare milliseconds when I tried to squeeze in having a wee - or, on the really good days, indulge in some glamorous pampering like actually managing to brush my teeth?

Fears Over Maternity Care 'Shortfalls' Despite Government Pledges

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Concerns over the state of maternity care in the UK have arisen after data showed women were mostly unsatisfied with their care despite Government ple...

NHS Trust Signs First Private Maternity Care Contract

PA | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK

An NHS trust has become the first in the country to sign a contract with a private company to provide maternity care. NHS Wirral has made a deal...

Mums and Midwives Get Older as Births Keep Booming

Cathy Warwick | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Warwick

Mums are getting older. The number of births to women (and girls) under 20 is down in all four parts of the UK. In Scotland there are now fewer births to teenage mums than in any year since 1952.

Maternity Ward Threatened With Closure Following Baby Deaths

PA | Posted 10.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A maternity ward at the centre of a police investigation over a "number" of baby deaths could be forced to close if it does not m...