Why World Prematurity Day Matters

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

You have just given birth to your precious baby, far too early. Your baby's birth is likely to have happened suddenly: your pregnancy, that precious time spent with your baby inside you, kicking away, ripped away.

Boobs Laid Bare

Sadie Brown | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

I have always been 'blessed' with a leading lady rack and I love them dearly as we all should with whatever we've been served, but let me tell you, they also come with issues that only women with bigger boobs understand.

One Sad Mum in Imaginary Conversation With Holly Willoughby

Zeena Moolla | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Zeena Moolla

Sometimes, when I'm enjoying a rare moment of peace, I think about Holly. Peppa or some doughnuts might be babysitting the kids while I gaze out the window, imagining myself on the This Morning couch enjoying a lovely chat and a lovely cup of (hot) tea with the lovely Holly Willoughby. Oh, and Phillip...

Clap Your Hands for the Superdad

Jude Coy | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

I couldn't survive without my own version of the superdad. I didn't know when I met him that he would be this great but if I had known I'd definitely have paid top dollar for him.

A Women's Party? Less WEP, more like WEEP for the Mothers and Children

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

My brief tenure as a founding member, and contributor to policy development, of the Women's Equality Party (or WEP) is, I fear, up. As I had feared wh...

The Tories Are the Party of the Workers? Translation: A Worker is All You're Allowed to Be

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

In modern Britain, women are to be workers, and workers only. Care and family work, the women and men who do it, and any importance placed on their work, are to be crushed by the New Party of the Workers - because a 'Worker' is all you are allowed to be.

Top Five Games to Play With Your Mums' Group

Helen Thorn | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Joining a mums' group is a great idea. Those first meetings can be a little awkward, though, with everyone trying to be as nice as possible while secretly trying to work out who will be your future drinking buddy and who will be the person you end up having that tedious chat about John Lewis muslin square.

QUIZ! What Type Of Mum Are You?

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents

Parenting blogger Laura Powell-Corbett says there are 11 types of mum at baby groups. Her blog on the subject has resonated with mums across the co...

We Need to Make Awareness of PTSD at the Birth for Women and Men

Mark Williams | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

My first ever panic attack was at the birth of my son and had never experienced this before in my life. I honestly felt that my wife who I love dearly and my unborn son were going to die. Even many years on I still feel the anxiety I suffered during the twenty two hours labour my wife experienced.

Why Do I Write?

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Why do I write? Because, you know, I have the right. Why do I write about women? Because I can. A Woman is where my self has been living. Why d...

I Am a Childcare Provider

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

I am a childcare provider. To my own children, at the cost of a professional London salary. Yet despite that cost, I am deemed to be making a 'lifestyle choice'; I am dismissed as making a personal decision, as though other parents who take the employment/nursery option are not.

When Is It OK to Abandon Our 'Sustainable Aid' Ethos?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Style
Laura Tenison MBE

Thanks again for your support and please don't forget to put aside nice, warm, good quality clothing for our next From a Mother to Another collection period in the run up to Mother's Day early next year. For now we still have stocks on hand to deliver to those in need both in the UK and now in Lebanon to the Syrian refugees.

Why Does It Take Heartbreak for Us to Fully Appreciate Our Loved Ones?

Amy Packham | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Packham

She went through periods of sense-making, trying to ignore what was going on. She pondered small unrelated details such as the extortionate train fare. But I knew at that moment all she really cared about, all she really wanted was to be with her mum and it was heartbreaking to hear.

The Red Tent Movement and a Circle of Women

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Red Tent and women's circles are about something that can happen when women showing an open mind gather. It's not magic. Saying that, I occasionally get the feeling that, once, we women of the Red Tent would have been burned at the stake.

Breastfeeding in the Age of Equality

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

At these various gatherings, I found real help in the nourishing company of fellow mothers engaged in mothering in the most old-fashioned of ways. None are intimidatingly seemingly perfect in every way - we are mothers who are doing our best and good enough is good enough.

We Are Not Rivals

Claire Kirby | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

To the mother who breastfed her baby until they needed it no more; I know the amazing feeling that comes with knowing your little one is getting everything they need from you. Your body is an incredible thing. I know too, the sheer exhaustion you have felt when it's all down to you, your nipples are cracked, and you don't get a break. We are not rivals.

Kate Winslet On Why We Should Teach Our Daughters To Love Their Curves

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As women we have a tendency to stand in front of the mirror and berate our bodies. But our readiness to focus on the negative is damaging, not onl...

Mother Of Student Who Died After Taking Diet Pills Speaks Out

PA | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

The mother of a student who died after taking toxic "diet pills" has called for a clampdown on websites selling potentially deadly drugs. Speaking ...

Leave Zara Phillips' Mum Tum Alone, Say Our Mum Readers

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Parents

Motherhood is a great leveller among women - Zara Phillips may be a royal, but her body has gone through the same upheaval any woman's has after givin...

In Praise of Global Women's Strike - A Shining Light in A Politics of Doom and Gloom

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Objections since the 1970s to Global Women's Strike's demand for wages for care have consistently let women down - we are no better off, our families are no better off, and many are now shackled in employment against our wishes, suffering double and triple shifts and facing intolerable pressure, pushed out of our homes by increasing bias towards commercialised care.

The Ten Unwritten Rules of 'Mum'

Emma Conway | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

When I first found out I was pregnant I was over the moon but had no idea that as soon as the baby popped (or in my case pulled) out, I inadvertently had signed some weird invisible contract, that it appears I can't get out of for the foreseeable future.

The Childcare Conversation: As Labour Realises Mistake Over EU Vanguard Stance, an Imagined Doorstep Chat

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The Conservatives and the LibDems (remember them?) performed the very same trick of arrogantly ignoring, misrepresenting, diminishing, dismissing and belittling the concerns of parents and voters generally. And now we have five years of a Conservative Government to enjoy in all its glory.

Earthquake Babies - A Look to Nepal's Future

David Bull | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
David Bull

Children and new born babies have been hit hardest. We estimate that the lives of almost 18,000 mothers and babies could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore healthcare systems. In addition, the latest statistics show that around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare.

It's Not Only Nicole Trunfio Who Is #NormalisingBreastfeeding

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Nicole Trunfio was pictured on Elle Australia's cover breastfeeding her newborn son, she said she wanted to normalise breastfeeding. And it ...

Kids Parties - The Dream V The Reality

Emma Conway | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

When I was a kid there were two options. 1) you had a party at home. Non of the parents stayed. Overjoyed at two hours away from their children. You played crap games. Expected to get crap gifts and the party bags consisted of a balloon and a bit of squashed cake or 2) you had a McDonalds party. That. Was. It.