'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 14.03.2016 | 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 02.03.2016 | 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 24.02.2016 | 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!

Is the £3000 Maternity Grant Democratizing Good Quality Care?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

he number of women whose husbands essentially control the purse strings and need for those women to make the case for superior healthcare who are unsuccessful. It's not just about having the disposable income, but also having to justify why you should want or why you need this type of care when it's available for free.

NHS Maternity Review Report: A Multiples Perspective

Nikki Jackson | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Nikki Jackson

The recommendations of the NHS Maternity Report are very exciting for multiple birth families. Now it's time for implementation.

Pregnant Women 'Should Get £3K Maternity Budget', Review Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents

Pregnant women should be given a personal budget which could allow them to appoint their own midwife, a major review into maternity services has concl...

Inside The Maternity Bags Of Women Around The World

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents

Fascinating photos have revealed what expectant mothers all over the world pack in their maternity bag before they give birth. As part of WaterAid'...

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!