Maternity

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 17.10.2016 | 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 14.03.2016 | 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 24.02.2017 | 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!

Is the £3000 Maternity Grant Democratizing Good Quality Care?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 23.02.2017 | 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 22.02.2017 | 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 01.02.2017 | 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 29.01.2017 | 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 27.01.2017 | 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 28.01.2017 | 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 27.01.2017 | 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.