Maternity Leave

The 'Kate Effect' Is As Strong As Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The Duchess Of Cambridge has grown more confident in her maternity style during her second pregnancy and is sticking to styles she feels most comforta...

Can't Chat: Have None

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgia Mann-Smith

Friends come over for dinner, I'm ecstatic to see someone who isn't a baby and doesn't want to discuss their episiotomy stitches, but then....I realise I have nothing to tell them. Yeah, the baby is good thanks. No, I'm not getting much sleep.

Why Proper Paid Paternity Leave Matters to Working Women, As Well as 'Cappuccino Dads'

Samantha Mangwana | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Mangwana

If men and women share parenting, so that they are equally likely to take extended parental leave, and need to accommodate childcare arrangements, then the departure of mothers on maternity leave stops being a sexist problem.

Working Mums Have it Easy or Do They?

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

At work you need to work. Nobody is interested in whether your baby can eat a whole carrot or not. Why would they be? It's bloody boring! And they're normal -working people who have deadlines, clients to please, travel to book, emails to send.

Improved Parental Leave: The Way to Have Children and a Career

B.J. Epstein | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

The work of raising children doesn't seem to be viewed with real respect. If it were, parental leave for working parents would be fully paid, it would last longer, and it would include equal amounts of time for both parents.

Why Men and Women Should Be Cheering on Rachel Reeves

Schona Jolly | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Schona Jolly

We need strong female role models so that our daughters will look up and believe that they, too, can be valued for more than their ability to look pretty and people-please. There is a life before and beyond maternity leave, and women are entitled to choose how they live it.

'Sexist' Daily Mail Attack On Pregnant Labour MP Has Minister Fuming

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

A Lib Dem minister has condemned The Daily Mail's "staggeringly sexist" attack on pregnant Labour frontbencher Rachel Reeves, which has dismissing her...

This Tory MP Says Pregnant Women Are Not Eligible For Cabinet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has slapped down a Tory backbencher who suggested that a pregnant Labour frontbencher may struggle to "handle" becoming a cabinet minist...

Daddy Month: What's Not to Like?

Giselle Cory | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

Increasing paid paternity leave from two weeks to four weeks might sound like a small step, but it's an essential one. It goes someway to creating an equitable system that sees mums and dads as equal and able... What's not to like?

Daddy Daycare?

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

In just a few months from now some new dads will have more options in how they use their parental leave. The new scheme will allow parents to share leave after their child is born, allowing more mothers to return to work - but the question is how many dads will take this leave?

The Tory Chairman Is Very Confused Over The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics

Tory chairman Grant Shapps seemed to suggest he both supported the minimum wage and wanted it scrapped, after being asked whether he agreed with new ...

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Since the late 1970s when women started to return to work after having a family, the workplace has been forced to adapt to a larger and more senior female population. This has led to maternity leave, childcare vouchers, and a more flexible approach to working.

Vocal Heroes: The Year for Women in Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Neela Bettridge

The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign

Five Big Tips for Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave

Andrea Mara | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Going back to work after maternity leave is a time of mixed emotions for many mothers - for some it's a worry, for some, it's exciting. And for most, it's a lot from column A and a little from column B.

Nick Clegg's Twitter Q&A Did Not Get Off To A Good Start

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

MPs are used to receiving scathing retorts when they post anything earnest - or sometimes anything at all - on Twitter. So when Nick Clegg sent a c...

Would You Ask About Maternity Before Starting A New Job?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Maternity leave is something that seriously affects our financial and professional progress, but an alarming amount of women are not clued up on the m...

24 Things You Could Do After Maternity Leave

Soozi Baggs | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

Please don't stop at dreaming. Do something about it. There really are loads of opportunities out there which will help you to change your life for the better. I've distilled some of these ideas into a handy list for you. This is your 'what I could do after maternity leave' list. Read it, pick out a few, and develop them into your own ideas.

Nick Clegg Wants To Overhaul Your Parenting

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Nick Clegg has claimed he will kickstart a parenting revolution by making paternity pay for male Civil Service employees equal to maternity leave pay ...

Shared Parental Leave Will Strengthen Families and Businesses

Jo Swinson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

Mums and adopters will have real choice about when they return to work, dads will have more time to bond with their children, children will have better outcomes, while employers will benefit from lower staff turnover and having a workforce that is more flexible and motivated. And who wouldn't want that?

Can You Baby-Proof Your Career?

Marina Gask | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Caroline is passionate about empowering women to make themselves vital to their employers and their industry, so they don't end up getting sidelined on returning to work. "I help women look at how they can build their career and prove their worth long before they get pregnant so that any employer would give their right arm to keep them, even on a flexible basis.

Louise Ridley

New Dads Could Avoid Being "Mocked" If They Had More Paternity Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

An extra four weeks of paternity leave could stop new dads being "mocked" at work for wanting to care for their children in the first few months, the ...

Does Maternity Leave Give Women a Taster For Becoming Stay-at-Home-Mothers?

Andrea Mara | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Assuming there isn't a secret world where stay-at-home mothers get to loll about all day in spas sipping Pinot Grigio, there must be some reason why more women than men stay at home with children?

The Mummy-Track Is Alive and Kicking, and Gathering Steam

Andrea Mara | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

We have so many terms to learn all the time it's hard to keep up - for anyone who is not familiar with it, "mummy-track" refers to the sidelining of mothers in the workplace when they return from maternity leave.

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."