The pandemic will affect types of care and social beliefs about reproduction in the longer term.
‘Catching a baby’ or caring for new parents on Christmas Day is special, midwives say. But Christmas can also be a vulnerable time for many women, especially so during a pandemic.
Shapewear for expectant mothers, particularly when it’s endorsed by celebrities, may contribute to body dissatisfaction in pregnancy.
Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images
The way in which the pandemic has altered the maternity experience has unexpected echoes with expectant mothers during the second world war.
One of the first babies born on 1 January 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
A pregnant woman walks past a street mural in Hong Kong on March 23, 2020. With the coronavirus pandemic moving quickly, pregnant women are facing a changing health care system.
Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, pregnant women are facing new health risks and a health care system that’s changing around them by the day.
For lesbian couples or trans men, the ‘unexpected’ gender of one parent causes difficulties for maternity services where notions of ‘normal’ are increasingly out of step with the times.
When World War II struck, the British government evacuated women to hospitals in the countryside to give birth – and the change still affects maternity care today.
Women should try to improve their lifestyle well before trying to start a family.
Women’s health in the months and years before they become pregnant can impact on their health during pregnancy and the baby’s development, our new research shows.
Midwives play a crucial role in enabling women to make choices about how they give birth.
The White Ribbon Alliance/Flickr
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.
Looking for a more personal experience.
One of the UK’s most senior nurses has been forced to apologise after publicly attacking professional practice. Here’s the case for the defence.