Maternity Leave

Flexible Working - A Missed Opportunity?

Tracey Bleakley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Bleakley

Embracing flexible working can actually bring substantial benefits to an organisation. Many small businesses know this instinctively. They hire in roles on a part-time basis as and when they need the resource in order to keep costs low and survive the tricky first few years.

Holly Willoughby Spills On Whether There'll Be Baby Number 4

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents

Holly Willoughby has ruled out having any more children. The TV presenter and her husband Dan Baldwin already have three children together - Harry,...

Duchess Of Cambridge Pictured On First Official Engagement Since Birth Of Charlotte

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents

The Duchess Of Cambridge has been pictured on her first solo outing since giving birth to Princess Charlotte, visiting the Anna Freud Centre in London...

Five Reasons Why Having a Baby Won't Ruin Your Working Life

Sarah Garrett | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Garrett

Women have been urged by fertility experts for years not to wait before having a baby. Many more women than before are starting their family later in order to focus on their working lives. While many believe there is no right time to have a baby, especially while they search for the perfect partner, we look at five reasons why having a baby won't ruin your career.

The Back to Work Mum

HarrietHarriet Castle | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Parents
HarrietHarriet Castle

You might have guessed I don't work as a lawyer, a banker, in finance, in the city, or even as I once did as a journalist. Let's not mess about, it must be near impossible to achieve this sort of work/life balance if you do.

Did I Put Off Becoming a Mum Until I Felt Valuable in My Career?

Raj Kaur-Hooper | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Parents
Raj Kaur-Hooper

Things like maternity coaching to help with the transition in and out of work, making sure that before they go off on maternity the have the opportunity to have a valuable conversation about their aspirations, what the future could look like and closing off any development actions.

Mind the (Career) Gap: Why Businesses Must Help Mums Get Back to Work

Bibi Hilton | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Bibi Hilton

Politicians and business leaders talk a lot about boardroom quotas, pay equality and diversity. But the issue of helping women return to work is not yet on our agenda and it needs to be. We need more women returning to the workplace to increase the pool at the top, achieve true gender equality and inspire younger generations.

Duchess Of Cambridge Ready To Juggle Family Life With Royal Duties

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Parents

The Duchess of Cambridge will return to public duties after four months of maternity leave with her second child Princess Charlotte. Her duties wil...

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...