In the UK media, pregnant women are a risk to their babies.
Fertility and pregnancy get a lot of media attention. Often suggesting that a mother’s health and lifestyle are risk factors for her baby. Does the science justify the stories? Not entirely, and the problem might come from an unexpected source. The progress of pregnancy research is dizzying. The latest advice when I was expecting my…
Disappearing Scientists: The Female Researchers Lost To Pandemic Childcare
Some of those best placed to help us through the pandemic went missing. Men have always published more scientific papers than women. Covid-19 has made the gender divide even worse.
Is it consent if you don’t really want to, but you say ok anyway. Because it doesn’t seem worth the argument, and you don’t want to piss off the person who’s asking? If you make a thought out choice to agree to a big thing, can it be assumed you also consent to something lesser…
Paying Women To Breastfeed: A few things to think about
Our old friend the NoSH study is back in the news today, I wrote about the feasibility study a while ago but they have now conducted and published a much larger trial looking at financial incentives to encourage women to breastfeed. What is the Study? The study looked at electoral ward areas where…
I will March With My Daughter
I will march with my daughter.Because when I hold her hand, it’s not so small as it used to beand I can’t hold it forever. I will march with my daughter.Because she can go to school and feed her fizzing mindwhile so many can’t, because they happen to be girls. I will march with my…
Silencing Negative Birth Stories
Silencing negative birth stories only helps to create more, robs women of their voice and treats us like delicate snowflakes who can’t be trusted with the truth. Remind me again what century this is? Keep Quiet and Carry On That seemed to be the message on twitter recently, from a senior midwife to women who’ve…
Surprise! Dolls Don’t Stop Teenage Pregnancy
A young woman is woken in the middle of the night by the sound of crying. This is the third time so far and she is exhausted. She pushes back the duvet and swings her cold feet to the floor, wondering what awaits her, another feed, another wet nappy? What has the programming decided to…