Number of stay-at-home mothers hits record low and is falling by 500 a day, raising fears that the government is forcing families to "outsource…

Number of stay-at-home mothers hits record low and is falling by 500 a day, raising fears that the Government is forcing families to 'outsource childcare' Number of stay-at-home mums has fallen by 850,000 in the past 20 yearsBetween December 2011 and now, the number dropped by 500 per day , when the number in work hit an all-time high of nearly 30million. The British Chambers of Commerce said unemployment was likely to rise to 2.6million by next year

Budget 2013: Backlash grows over plan to penalise mothers who don"t work

An insult to stay at home mothers: Backlash grows over Budget plan to penalise mothers who don't workCritics described plan as a 'slap in the face' for stay at home mothersA Government briefing was inadvertently published yesterdayThe document, designed to help press officers rebuff criticism, was removed By Jason Groves and Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 23:12 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 20 March 2013 Mothers who stay at home to look after their children do not need as much financial help as those who work, according to the Treasury.

One in seven women made redundant after maternity leave amid growing discrimination

One in seven women made redundant after maternity leave amid growing discriminationMore than half of women who were discriminated against 'suffer in silence'Tenth of women found themselves replaced by their maternity leave coverOne in seven felt they were overlooked for a promotion following maternity30,000 women lose jobs every year due to to pregnancy discrimination By Emily Andrews PUBLISHED: 14:40 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 10 March 2013 Discrimination: A survey of 1,000 women found that more than half of women subjected to discrimination 'suffer in silence', with one in seven made redundant One in seven women are made redundant after their maternity leave, according to a study. And campaigners say discrimination against those who return to work after giving birth is on the increase. The study found that 40 per cent said their jobs had changed by the time they returned, with half reporting a cut in hours or demotion

Take them back Santa! Unwanted Christmas presents total 2.1bn with average adult receiving two gifts they don"t want

Take them back Santa! Unwanted Christmas presents total 2.1bn with average adult receiving two gifts they don't want Top three most unwanted gifts were clothing, beauty products and trinkets Those most guilty of giving unwanted presents are friends and mothersIn days after Christmas, one in five gifts end up in the back of a cupboard | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 26 December 2012 Waste: Britons will receive almost 50-worth of presents that they dislike this year It's an all too familiar scenario – family opens presents, dislikes several of them, and mother shoves gifts to the back of a cupboard, never to be seen again. If there's a receipt, the presents are returned and if not, they are given to someone else the year after. But don't feel too bad for giving the wrong gift – an incredible 2.1billion-worth of unwanted presents have been handed over this year alone.

Generation of parents receive "hand-me-ups" this Christmas: Children pass on unwanted gadgets such as iPads, Kindles and smartphones

Generation of parents receive 'hand-me-ups' for Christmas: Children pass on outdated gadgets such as smartphones and Kindles Survey of 2,000 finds quarter of people gave old technology to parentsNearly half of people between 18-24 passed on 'hand-me-up' for ChristmasMain reason is that people don't want to own 'outdated' technology | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 26 December 2012 It's a festive phenomenon that saves youngsters money and keeps Mum and Dad in the technological loop. This Christmas saw the rise of the ‘hand-me-up’ gift – when children pass on the still-desirable, hi-tech gadgets they don’t want any more to their parents. A survey found over a quarter of us gave second-hand technology to our mothers and fathers

One in four parents now think heating up baked beans counts as cooking, while favourites like Bakewell Tart are dying out, study finds

One in four parents now think heating up a tin of baked beans counts as cooking, study finds Only a third of British parents spend more than 40 minutes preparing foodJust 19 per cent of us cook properly every night, while old favourites like Bakewell Tart are dying out | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 11 December 2012 A quarter of parents now regard heating up baked beans or putting a frozen pizza in the oven as ‘cooking’, according to a new study. The researchers concluded that British people are in danger of losing their cooking skills as more of us rely on ready meals. Another finding was that traditional British dishes such as Bakewell Tart and steak and kidney pie are in danger of dying out

Baby died between sleeping parents who drank before taking two-month-old to bed with them

Baby died between sleeping parents who drank before taking two-month-old to bed with themThe child, named only as Child W, had been born healthy in May 2011Midwives had warned the mother, who has not been named, against sleeping in bed with childA report was launched because the family were known to Social Services | UPDATED: 20:40 GMT, 11 December 2012 A baby died while sleeping between parents who had been drinking before they took the infant to bed with them. Midwives had warned the mother – who has not been named – about the risks of sleeping beside her baby – but she admitted she repeatedly ignored their advice. The details of the tragic case were revealed in a report to Coventry City Council

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant: How well will William cope now Kate"s got a new No.1?

How well will William cope now Kate's got a new No.1 | UPDATED: 08:15 GMT, 5 December 2012 Morning sickness — in poor Kate’s case, an appallingly extreme version — is only the first indication of a shocking new reality that all parents must come to terms with: from now on, life’s no longer all about you. As far as the Duchess of Cambridge is concerned, I imagine this is a lesson that will come easily — for two reasons

Giving birth in hospital raises risk of new mothers bleeding to death

Giving birth in hospital raises risk of new mothers bleeding to death | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 2 December 2012 Women who choose to give birth at home are less likely to suffer from life-threatening bleeding than those who have their baby in hospital, a study has found. The report, by researchers at the University of Southampton, says reliance on drugs to speed up contractions, surgical incisions to ease delivery and emergency caesareans may be compromising the safety of women in labour Excessive bleeding after birth – Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) – is one of the main causes of childbirth-related deaths in the UK. It occurs more often in maternity units than during planned home deliveries, according to an analysis of the medical records of more than 500,000 women.