Pregnancy and Maternity

Pregnancy and Maternity

There is no local data available about the numbers of people in this category as it will, quite naturally, fluctuate.

Severe pregnancy sickness

The Pregnancy Support Sickness (PSS) and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) charities have jointly published I could not survive another day, which highlights the impact on women of severe pregnancy sickness. Together the PSS and BPAS have surveyed women who have experienced termination of pregnancy while suffering severe pregnancy sickness over the past 10 years. This report aims to reflect their experiences and examines what more can be done to improve care for women in this situation and better support their choices.

Choosing to have a caesarean section

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published Choosing to have a caesarean section.  This information is for you if you are thinking about having your baby by a ‘planned’ or ‘elective’ caesarean section when there isn’t a ‘medical’ reason to do so.

Pregnancy and Maternity-Related Discrimination

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have published Pregnancy and Maternity-Related Discrimination and Disadvantage First findings: Surveys of Employers and Mothers.

This report follows a programme of research to investigate the prevalence and nature of pregnancy discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace. The majority of employers reported that it was in their interests to support pregnant women and those on maternity leave and they agreed that statutory rights relating to pregnancy and maternity are reasonable and easy to implement. However, the research found that: around one in nine mothers (11%) reported that they were either dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace were not; or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job.

To view the Royal College of Midwives press release please click here