Maternity Leave

No Parent Can Have It All: My View On Laura Wade-Gery's Maternity Leave

Nicola Bonn | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents
Nicola Bonn

If Laura wants to return to her job after four months then why the hell shouldn't she? I'm sure that it won't be easy and there will be times when, however strong she is, she'll cry in the work loos because she misses her baby so much. However there is no reason that she will do any less of a good job than a male counterpart in the same position.

In Defence of Becoming a Mother at 50

Claudia Spahr | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents
Claudia Spahr

Laura Wade-Gery's announcement is an unprecedented event for new times. This is the future ladies and gents. More and more women will become mothers in their 50s. And why not? 50 isn't even old anymore, especially if you think that many of us could well reach 100, fit and healthily.

One More Reason Why Netflix Is Brilliant (Especially If You're A Parent)

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

Netflix's new maternity and paternity leave policy will allow mums and dads to take off as much time as they like during the first year after their c...

The Truth About Being Pregnant at Work

Vicki Marinker | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Vicki Marinker

I found some employers acting like sexist dinosaurs, while other companies are much more enlightened when it comes to pregnancy in the workplace. I've changed the names of some of the women who spilled the beans to protect them from identification.

Pregnancy Discrimination - Can Anything Be Done?

Helen Bryce | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

I have returned to work twice following maternity leaves, both times the process was infuriating and slightly soul destroying. Confidence depleated, progression - er not when you 'only' work 3 days, guilty - oh yes definitely, what a bad parent to be leaving my child.

Maternity Discrimination: 'I Was Fired Four Days After Telling My Boss I Was Pregnant'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents

New mothers are being forced out of work every year because of discrimination against women in the workplace, a new study has found. In a survey of...

One In, One Out

Sophia Walker | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

While I whole-heartedly appreciate that for some women the necessity of just getting out of the house and meeting someone is crucial, for me enjoying someone's company is just as important.

When And How To Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents

Pregnancy announcements often involve a lot of thoughtful planning, but breaking the news to one person in particular can prove to be especially trick...

Maternity Leave: Your Rights Explained

Parentdish UK | Pip Jones | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Parents

Whether you are employed or self employed, you are entitled to money while you take time off to care for your new baby. If the whole maternity l...

Alexandra Shulman Is Right - Things Do Change When You're On Maternity Leave

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Anniki Sommerville

It was good to hear a successful woman speak about maternity leave in an honest way. This is one area where women can sometimes have quite mad expectations. Having a baby is truly transformative - you aren't the same person and everything changes.

From Here to Maternity Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

Yeah I'm a feminist, if that means supporting and promoting the best interests of womankind. But it's more about equality. I'm an 'Equalatist' if that words exists, and if it doesn't I'm submitting it to the Oxford Dictionary!

Pregnancy Enhanced My Career (Honestly!)

Metok Lee | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Metok Lee

On my last working day, my mentor warned me, "Everyone says that taking more than six months off won't affect your career but it really will." I was struck by his honesty yet appreciated his candour. It certainly was not what I wanted to hear before waddling off on maternity leave.

Employers Tap Into a New Talent Pool - Women Returners

Mandy Garner | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Why the sudden burst of initiatives? Partly it's due to the work of coaching team Women Returners who have partnered with Opportunity Now to develop "returnships" - short-term paid positions, project-based, typically with training and mentoring support.

Duchess Of Cambridge Back To Royal Duties Very, Very Soon

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents

The Duchess Of Cambridge is reportedly set to return to her royal duties four weeks after giving birth to Princess Charlotte. Kate gave birth on 2 ...

Shared Parental Leave: What It's REALLY Like When Dad Is Left At Home With The Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

New shared parental leave legislation is shaking up the way mums and dads share childcare for their babies. A father's right to take time off work ...

How Maternity Leave Can Destroy the Office Sisterhood​

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah O'Meara

Several friends recently forwarded me CEO Katharine Zaleski's blog on how poorly she treated working mothers before having one of her own. It was good to hear a woman admit her complicity in making women's lives a misery.

The 'Kate Effect' Is As Strong As Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

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 18.05.2015 | 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 12.05.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 26.04.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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?