Maternity

Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Dr Penelope Law | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Penelope Law

Prenatal infection refers to any infection that is present or acquired during the pregnancy and can be passed from the mother to the baby. Pregnant women may be more susceptible to infection because their immune system is slightly less reactive to prevent the rejection of the foetus.

Contraception After Pregnancy

Dr Shazia Malik | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Shazia Malik

Once you and your new baby are home you will begin to settle into your new life as a family. This period can be full of many emotions, obviously enormous happiness but also, having a new baby -especially a first baby - can be somewhat stressful too.

Let's Shout About Good NHS Care Too

Beth Britton | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

I love the NHS and want it to succeed as much as the most ardent NHS supporter. My care had everything - professional, knowledgeable staff who were compassionate, friendly, supportive and caring, combined with outstanding facilities. As a new mum I could not have asked for more for me or our daughter.

An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

Joeli Brearley | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Firstly, I do not believe that all employers behave like this out of malice, but out of ignorance. They panic, believing pregnancy could have a detrimental impact on their stability. Many are unaware of what the laws are.

Planning Your Birth

Dr Penelope Law | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Penelope Law

ning your birth can be an exciting time for parents-to-be, and being informed of the different choices available to you can help you to feel at ease. Having a birth plan can make your stay feel even more personal and tailored towards your needs.

What Is Postnatal Depression?

Dr Shazia Malik | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Shazia Malik

Having a baby is a life-changing experience that brings joy and happiness to parents and their families. However, for some of us, it can take time to feel these positive emotions as feelings of negativity and depression can be triggered after giving birth.

The Detrimental Impact of Tribunal Fees on Women

Joeli Brearley | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK
Joeli Brearley

Earlier this year the Equality and Human Rights Commission, finally published their robust and detailed report on pregnancy and maternity discriminati...

Too Posh to Push?

Lauren Bennett | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents
Lauren Bennett

The decision to have a C section (which is still a serious operation that comes with risks, albeit with a lovely outcome) isn't one I made swiftly. In fact I agonised over it for a good few months in my first pregnancy and it meant I didn't actually enjoy being pregnant that much!

Seven Wardrobe Fails Every New Mum Goes Through

Faye Jacobs | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Embrace the Mum-Bod - learn to love your new shape because it's going nowhere fast. Of course there are the rare few that will bounce straight back into their size 8 skinnies but for the rest of us mere mortals, it's best not to get too hung up on our new slightly wider shape, it will make shopping way too depressing...

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...

What I Want the National Maternity Review Team to Know

Leigh Kendall | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

That postnatal wards need to have a greater awareness of the needs of mothers whose babies are being cared for in a neonatal unit. It is difficult enough for us being on a ward with women who have their babies with them.

Simple Accessories to Make a Beautiful Nursery

Faye Jacobs | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Finally the nursery is complete! In a total contrast to the girls bold prints and bright colours, Anastasia's nursery is calm and tranquil with new white furniture and pastel coloured textiles. Her room is quite small so using these shades opened up the space and makes it feel much bigger than it is. Let me talk you through the details...

Post-Baby Pampering

Faye Jacobs | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Nine months of pregnancy can really take its toll on your body. Your hair, your skin, your nails, even your teeth can be effected by the new hormones circulating your body and it's rarely for the better!

The Products Every New Parent Needs

Faye Jacobs | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Here are a few things we have discovered that might help you during those troubling times as well as a few luxuries that make the good times even better during those early days with your new baby.

Maternity Fashion: Styling Your Bump For Spring

Faye Jacobs | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Style
Faye Jacobs

There have been some major changes occuring this week... The Uggs have been replaced with loafers (more so because I can no longer get them on), I am back to walking the 100 yards to Scarlett's nursery instead of shamelessly driving it, and last years daffodils have made a fresh appearance in my garden pots!

Packing for Labour: What's in My Hospital Bag

Faye Jacobs | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

I am not pinning my hopes on this baby arriving on time! I am however, slowly but surely getting the house together and sorting things out in preparation for the little ones arrival. So starting with the hospital bag, I wanted to share with you what I would be packing.

Language Matters! Maternity Experience and NHS Change Day

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Being in any healthcare environment for any reason can feel disempowering for a patient. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients can help build trusting relationships, improve patient outcomes and patients' experiences.

Pregnant Models Steal The Show At London Fashion Week

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Everybody knows that when it comes to model diversity, the world of fashion remains stuck in the Middle Ages. But Temperley London clearly have ot...

My Top Five Baby Changing Bags for 2015

Faye Jacobs | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

So being a 'Bag Girl' myself, choosing my first ever nappy bag was up there with the most exciting purchases made during my baby shopping frenzy back ...

The 'Must Have' List for Mum's to Be!

Faye Jacobs | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

With just over 8 weeks until the due date I am seriously excited about welcoming this little baby into our family! Third time around I have shopped smart. Investing in quality pieces that will get maximum use as opposed to the vast quantities I have bought in the past that were given to charity still with the labels on!

Can Your Career Survive Motherhood?

Marina Gask | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Depressingly - yet perhaps inevitably - recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless.

Top Five Maternity Dresses

Faye Jacobs | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

I've managed to collect some beautiful dresses this time around that I'd love to share with you now, most of which are in the sale and are guaranteed to make you feel good when you wear them and can be worn easily for day to day wear. So in no particular order...

Women: It's Time to Stop Judging One Another

Rachel Thompson | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

Women are not just unkind to themselves in this quest for perfection; they can also be extremely unkind to other women. This unkindness comes in many guises; in passive aggression; in bitching; in judgement; and in straight-up nastiness.

Breakthrough Research on Maternal Prenatal Stress Astounds Scientific Community

Priyam Sharma | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Priyam Sharma

As many readers might already know, exposing pregnant women to stress at constantly high levels can be detrimental to foetal development, placing the newborn at an extreme disadvantage emotionally and intellectually.