Midwives play a crucial role in enabling women to make choices about how they give birth.
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Midwives should provide continuous support during labour and birth and they should respect women's choices when it is within safe practice to do so.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
Both sides of the debate are promising to cut European red tape – which seems to mean cutting equality laws.
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