Dear Baby Boy: A Letter To My Unborn Son

Lizzie Griffiths | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Parents
Lizzie Griffiths

So here we are two weeks from your due date. It seems like an eternity since the moment I first saw you at the 12 week scan. A tiny bean bouncing up and down with innocence and happiness. The relief I felt, I will never forget. You were real and you were mine.

Cheeky Newborn Twin Sticks His Tongue Out At Caesarean!

Helen Turier | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Turier

My three (twin girls and a boy) are way past the nappies and bottles stages, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a cute twin picture from time to time...

10 Things Motherhood Taught Me About My Career

Soozi Baggs | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Soozi Baggs

The person I was before I got pregnant, the one I was while I was pregnant, and the one I have become as a mother, are all different. By which I don't mean that I've lost my identity or changed beyond recognition but just that my dreams, hopes, priorities, interests, and who I want to be in the world have all changed. I still feel like me, but a newer version of me.

This Dog's Maternity Shoot Is Better Than Yours

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A pregnant dog has filled us with all of the joy this week after starring in a maternity photoshoot. Fusee the dog was eight weeks pregnant when she ...

Investment In The Future Begins With Babies

Clair Rees | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

The quality of everyday physical and emotional experiences they have with parents, families, caregivers and communities all determine the strength of the foundation. The strength of the foundation we give babies now will help determine the strength of our nation's potential in the future. All of this begins in pregnancy.

Shared Parental Leave - Two Years On

Hannah Cottam | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Cottam

On the second anniversary of a revolutionary policy that gives parents the opportunity to split time caring for their new born baby, studies have revealed that as little as one percent of men have so far taken up the opportunity to do so.

What To Expect When You're Expecting (A Baby With A Cleft Lip And Palate)

Anna Martindale | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Anna Martindale

Candy and Alex's experiences are far from unique. In the UK alone, 1,200 babies will be born with a cleft in 2017. It's a lifelong condition, but the journey starts at diagnosis. Many parents describe this moment as one they'll never forget, the instant when everything changed and this condition they may never have heard of before suddenly became a central part of their lives.

Maternity Leave: 4 Women Talk About The Challenges They Face In Modern Britain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents

One of the key considerations of becoming a parent in modern Britain is deciding how to balance your work and home life, or more specifically what you...

This 'Maternity Salad' Claims To Help Overdue Mums Go Into Labour

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents

For all the overdue mums out there, you might feel like you have tried everything - walking, spicy food, or even having sex if you’re feeling brave,...

Mum Who Took 9-Week-Old Travelling On Maternity Leave Is Doing The Same With Baby Number 2

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who took her nine-week-old daughter travelling around the world on maternity leave in 2015 will be doing the same again with her second child. ...

When 'I Need A Wee' Becomes More Than Desperate

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

The morning after I gave birth, I got out of bed, and a cascade of wee followed. I had lost all my bladder control. It was so humiliating, and really embarrassing to try and get the nursing staff to come and clean up.

How Can Employers Support Employees Returning From Maternity Leave?

Kate Palmer | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

Employers can lessen the stress of the return by using Keeping In Touch (KIT) days productively. Women can work up to ten KIT days during their maternity leave and the employer can look to agree these days in a way which benefits the employee.

Wanna Be In My Gang?

Lorna Hayward | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

Physically I was able to try and pull on those times of rest, but my mind (as will be the story of my bloody life and no doubt this blog) kept overflowing with endless lists of what once again, I should and could be doing with my 'free time' (LOL)

Mum-To-Be's Maternity Ward Request Seriously Divides Parents

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents

A mum-to-be sparked an online debate after saying partners should not be allowed to stay on the maternity ward after the birth of their child. Mumsnet...

Mourning My Maternity

Deb Bunn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's a lot of things to miss about being with M all the time, and I guess it's a kind of grief that I'm experiencing. Mourning my maternity leave. But then, I'm so very grateful, that I have those things to miss. That I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mummy, and to spend 9 blissful months with my girl.

Find Out How Your Local Hospital Fared In The New NHS Maternity Care Ratings

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Parents

Maternity care at almost three-quarters of NHS groups across the country needs to improve, new figures have shown. In total, 209 Clinical Commissio...

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.

Lady Barbara Judge Is Wrong About Maternity Leave

Joeli Brearley | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Her assessment that maternity leave is one continuous succession of feeding and bottom wiping is inaccurate and must be addressed if we are to value parental leave as something which has a benefit to society.

'Urgent Action' Needed To Tackle Maternity Discrimination At Work

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

More than 70% of working mothers have experienced pregnancy or maternity-related discrimination, a new report has shown. The research, carried out by...

Maternity Care For Pregnant Women Varies Depending On Where They Live

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

The care women receive when giving birth in England varies depending upon where they live, and this variation is concerning, a new report has conclude...

This Pregnant Dog's Maternity Photoshoot Is Perfection

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A pregnant dog has absolutely nailed her maternity photoshoot. Lilica, who has now given birth to a litter of five puppies, was shot in various poses ...

Tackling A Four Letter Word

Mags Deakin | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mags Deakin

Being risk averse does not mean the primary focus is on the baby, there are many variables involved in a good outcome. A healthy baby does not mean that the mothers wishes have been ignored, to suggest that the two are mutually exclusive is irresponsible and does nothing to promote trust and respect between families and professionals.

Women Can Get Free Legal Advice About Maternity Discrimination At Work

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Parents

A campaign group has launched a free legal advice service for women who are enduring maternity-related discrimination at work. Pregnant Then Screwe...

Ambulances in Ethiopia Save Mothers' Lives

Peter Byass | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Peter Byass

The majority of the world's mothers take it for granted that, when the time comes to deliver their babies, getting to a safe place for delivery won't ...

A Right Wing Conspiracy or a Triumph for Women - It Depends What You Read

Cathy Warwick | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Cathy Warwick

I would urge caution about extrapolating from headlines to reality. Consider the full report carefully. I hope that having done that you will be excited, although possibly challenged, by the prospect of actually doing something to ensure high quality care across the Board. I think this report is a triumph for women but hey - that's only my opinion!