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Helping women stay healthy

L–R: Hayley Rutterford and baby Charlie, fitness instructor Helen Bye, Emma Healy and baby Darcy, midwife Louisa White, Siobhan...

Homebirth: More than just a choice

According to Germaine Greer (1985: 6), ‘from conception, pregnancy is regarded as an abnormal state… an illness, requiring submission to the wisdom of health professionals and constant monitoring, as...

Caring for perinatal women in prison: How the launch of the Birth Charter will help women and staff

It is estimated that around 600 women receive antenatal care, and more than 100 babies are born to women in prison in England and Wales each year. Women in prison are one of society's most...

ALSO UK 20 years on: Reflections, challenges and lessons learnt

What better way to reflect on our achievements than to seek out and explore the initial ideas, concepts, conditions and developments that have led to where we are now—an approach used by those seeking...

The paradox of choice: Antenatal screening and decision-making

Dobelli (2013) cites an experiment in which a supermarket displayed 24 flavours of jelly, which customers could taste and then buy at a discount; the next day, the experiment was repeated with six...

Teenage pregnancy: Great progress, but no room for complacency

In March 2016, teenage pregnancy data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS, 2016a) marked a huge milestone. England's under-18 conception rate is now 22.8/1000 15–17-year-old young...

Clarifying the ‘weekend effect’

In November 2015, a study on the association between day of delivery and obstetric outcomes caught the headlines (Palmer et al, 2015). There is a risk that some of the more shockingly worded headlines...

Reception of oocytes from a partner

Last year, at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, feminist icon Germaine Greer scolded gay parents Sir Elton John and David Furnish for naming Furnish as the mother of their two sons on the...

Breastfeeding at home and abroad

Despite all the evidence that breastfeeding is best for babies, many people still hold negative opinions about it For example, Kathryn Blundell—then deputy editor of parenting magazine Mother &...

Body image and pregnancy

According to Skouteris (2012: 664), citing a survey of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ‘body image concerns are largely ignored by physicians working with pregnant women’...

Evidence on exercise in pregnancy

In 2010, marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe finished a 10 km charity run while 7 months pregnant In 2011, Amber Miller completed the Chicago Marathon in 6 hours 25 minutes, and 7 hours later...

Working together to prevent female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of abuse against women and girls (HM Government, 2014) The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNICEF, 1989: 8) states that: ‘Parties shall take all...

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