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[ 21 Feb 2017 | 2 Comments ]

Baby charity Group B Strep Support is urging pregnant women to make sure they’re aware of group B Strep (GBS or Strep B), and the risk it can pose to their baby.
Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing sepsis and pneumonia, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Carried normally by one in every four women, the group B Strep bacteria can pass from a pregnant woman to her baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby.
On average …

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[ 6 Jul 2016 | No Comment ]

Pregnant women are not being told about group B Strep – yet it’s the biggest cause of severe infection in newborn babies (and the major cause of meningitis in babies under 3 months). Fewer than 50% of pregnant mums have even heard of group B Strep, and of those, only a third learned about it from their health professionals. This is not good enough. When pregnant mums know about group B Strep, most of these serious infections in newborn babies can be prevented. Prevention is better than cure.
Until informing pregnant …

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[ 27 Apr 2016 | No Comment ]
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A year on from the implementation of Shared Parental Leave, a new report highlights best practice in flexible working and family friendly working and shows how the most progressive organisations achieve the best results for both employee and employer. Workingmums.co.uk’s Best Practice Report 2016 underlines how good family friendly working is not just about having the right policies in place, but about creating the right culture.    The report, which is based on detailed case studies of the winners of the 2015 Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards, identifies what makes a difference in family friendly working. …

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[ 15 Apr 2016 | No Comment ]

 For many companies, dealing with maternity leave issues can be a challenge, and one which employers often do not pay enough attention to. Women make up nearly 50 per cent of the workforce and a high proportion of these women will become mothers during their employment. Jane Crosby, from law firm Hart Brown outlines what employers and expectant mothers should know, when it comes to maternity leave regulations.
Key legal rights
Health and safety requirements require all businesses to take steps to protect a pregnant woman from particular risks that could harm …

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[ 22 Nov 2015 | No Comment ]

I had post natal depression after Daisy was born, and I know it made me think twice about what would happen if I got pregnant again. The birth was much easier: I panicked a few days after the birth, but fortunately it was normal baby blues, and I went on to have a much easier time second time around. In this article, Elaine Hanzak, author of Another Twinkle in the Eye: Contemplating Another Pregnancy After Perinatal Mental Illness shares advice to help you if you are in the same …

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[ 10 Nov 2015 | No Comment ]

When you hear about pregnancy discrimination in the media, it tends to be business people complaining about the cost of dealing with employment tribunal claims.  There are certainly a lot of women experiencing unfair and unlawful pregnancy discrimination at work, but how many actually take action?
Research from 2005 found that the vast majority of women who experience pregnancy discrimination do absolutely nothing to pursue their legal rights.  For women who experienced tangible discrimination (such as losing their job), 71% didn’t even discuss it with their employer.  Roughly one in five …

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[ 25 Sep 2015 | No Comment ]

Bath Birth Professionals sign up international speakers for “Whose birth is it anyway?” conference.
Birthworkers in Bath, frustrated by the current political disregard for women’s birth choices, have come together to host an exciting conference.

The “Whose birth is it anyway?” conference on Saturday 17th October, 2015 (10.00-16.00) will play host to some of country’s top international speakers and hopes to attract attendees from all sides of the debate including Parents, Midwives, Obstetricians, Paediatricians, Doulas, Birthworkers and Breastfeeding Counsellors.
The conference will take place at the postgraduate centre of the Royal United …

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[ 24 Aug 2015 | No Comment ]

The “Why Guess?” campaign wants to stop health professionals having to guess whether a woman is carrying the potentially deadly group B Strep bacteria and start using the group B Strep-specific (ECM) test to detect carriage late in pregnancy.
On average, every day a newborn baby develops group B Strep infection; each week a newborn baby dies in the UK from group B Strep infection; each fortnight a survivor is left with long-term disabilities – physical, mental, or both.
Jane Plumb MBE, Chief Executive of Group B Strep Support says “Most …

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[ 21 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

Hayley Goleniowska publishes conversation cards to break down the myths surrounding Down’s syndrome and allow new parents to get to know their baby for the unique individual they are. Around two babies with Down’s syndrome are born in the UK each day and Hayley Goleniowska’s “Talking about Down’s Syndrome, Conversations for new Parents” is a vital tool for parents as it allows them to appreciate their new baby for the individual he/she really is. The aim is to help new parents of children with Down’s syndrome cut through the old …

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[ 14 Mar 2015 | One Comment ]

MORE than half of the UK’s NHS maternity units are testing pregnant women for potentially life-threatening bacteria, against national recommendations.
The bacteria, group B Strep, is the UK’s most common cause of severe infections in newborn  and of meningitis in babies in the first three months of their lives, sometimes leading to death and disability.
With correct screening, most group B Strep infections can be prevented if antibiotics (usually penicillin) are given in labour to women who have been found to carry the bacteria.
A new audit1, published by the Royal College of …