Everything Else Maternity

We all love a bit of gossip so here’s  a little look at what’s new in the world of maternity!

One In Eight Full-time Mothers Want To Work For Themselves

Working Women Want To Be Self-employedAccording to this new report, Britain’s ever increasing numbers of working mothers have found that their current work situation ‘cannot accommodate family life’, and are of the opinion that their only option is to find a different type of career.When questioned about their plans to fix the problem, many answered that they would like to set-up their own business ‘to give them better control of working hours.’

The report, from the family website Netmums.com and the beauty firm Avon, questioned more than 2,200 working mothers and, of those, more than 1/2 worked full-time in a traditional office-based job which involves working nine to five, or even longer hours. All of them had children still at home, most had children under the age of seven and a fifth had a baby under 12-months-old.

The question put to the women was: ‘Do you plan to leave your current job because you can’t juggle career demands with family life?’

Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of Netmums.com, said: ‘Many mums need to work but, more importantly the majority want to work for the financial freedom and sense of achievement they get from having a successful livelihood. From the reams of messages on our site, we know how frustrated mums feel when they aren’t getting that work-life balance right.

‘Employers should take some responsibility in helping mums achieve their flexibility goals, which would help to maximise their potential to the benefit of both parties.’

Official figures show that the number of working mothers has rocketed over the last 30 years and, at the minute, workers can ask to work flexibly, such as three-day week or a job-share with another worker, if they have a child aged 16 or under or a disabled child under 18. The application can, however, be rejected as long as the employer has a ‘good business reason’ for the decision.

NHS Expect Baby Boom This Autumn

Baby Boom

Big FreezeCouples got cosy last

On a normal year the end of August, beginning of September normally have a rise in births connected to the Christmas and New Year season. This is when couples are off work during which they relax together and drink more than usual.

Hospitals have started to prepare for the coming month on the labour wards which they expect to be busy after realising that more than the usual amount of women have had their 12 -week scans earlier this year.

Baby Born At 23 Weeks And Survives

Amelia Hope BurdenThe little girl has been named Amelia Hope Burden and weighed just 1lb 2oz. She is the youngest baby to have been born and survived, with the previous record for surviving premature twins being 24 weeks. Amelia’s twin, Arthur arrived ten days later weighing 1lb 4oz.

This case adds weight for campaigners trying to get the abortion limit lowered to 20 weeks and David Cameron, earlier in the year, voted for a cut stating that an upper limit of 20 or 22 weeks would be “sensible”.



Mothercare Takes Over Blooming Marvellous

Sadly, I have to announce that Blooming Marvellous will soon be going offline and, as they have now been bought over by Mothercare, their collection will be featured in Mothercare stores across the country instead. The brand will relaunch early next year.

Don’t fret, though, there are many other maternity companies out there and we will absolutely ensure that the choice for our customers will be as large and varied as ever.

Britain to Provide Funding For Global Health

Following on from my last article I can now post that Britan has agreed to provide £250m towards health services in developing countries. The UK is teaming up with Australia, the Netherlands and Norway, with Britain providing almost half of the whole $1 billion to be donated. To read more on this subject visit http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164899.php

World Breastfeeding Week

This week (August 1st – August 7th) is World Breastfeeding Week and the theme this year has been ‘Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response – Are You Ready’.

Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response - Are You Ready?

Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response - Are You Ready?

The objectives of WBW this year have been to draw attention to the vital role breastfeeding plays in emergencies worldwide and to stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies. It aims, also, to inform all those involved how they can actively support breastfeeding before and during an emergency. The thinking behind this years theme is that in times of emergency children are the most vulnerable with mortality rates in this group rising from 2 to 70 times higher than average as a direct result of diarrhoea and malnutrition, and even in a non-emergency situation babies who are not breastfed under the age of two months are six times more likely to die. The fact is that emergencies can happen anywhere and they destroy what is considered ‘normal’, leaving care givers struggling to cope and children vulnerable to disease and death. It is vital that during emergency situations mothers are given active support to continue or even re-establish breastfeeding and support in a non-emergency environment will strengthen a mothers ability to cope in an emergency. For information on events going on around the globe in support of World Breastfeeding Week and for more information, go to http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

Health In Pregnancy Grant

I have just got wind of this tax free payment from H M Revenue & Customs for mums-to-be who are at least 25 weeks pregnant and it’s aimed at helping you prepare for the birth of your baby. To qualify for this payment your due date needs to be on or after 6th April 09 and you must have had health advice from a midwife and doctor. The grant will be a one-off payment of £190 for each pregnancy which will not affect your tax credits or any other benefits. Everyone will get the same amount – you will not be asked about your income. Claims could be made from any time after January 1st 09 and the form must be signed and partially filled in by your midwife or doctor and the form must be handed to HMRC within 31 days of your doctor or midwife signing the form. HMRC will pay the grant directly into your bank or building society account any time from April 2009 onwards. Don’t worry if you don’t have an account – any bank or building society will help you open one. To get more information and make your claim just follow the following link; http://campaigns2.direct.gov.uk/money4mum2be/en/