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

Kirstie Allsopp"s Twitter attack on childbirth charity

Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter attack on childbirth charity: Presenter dismisses its advice and calls it a 'scary organisation' By Simon Cable and Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 00:58 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 4 January 2013 Kirstie Allsopp has become embroiled in a Twitter row with the UK’s biggest parenting charity. The TV presenter attacked the National Childbirth Trust over its pro-natural birth stance, dismissing its advice as ‘b*******’ and calling it ‘a politicised, dogmatic and scary organisation’. The controversial tweets to her 272,000 followers prompted one NCT teacher to threaten her with legal action.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally join rest of Royal Family for belated Christmas celebration – just in time for annual pheasant shoot

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally join rest of Royal Family for belated Christmas celebration – just in time for annual pheasant shoot William and Kate arrived at Sandringham House early on Boxing DayCouple were driven 155 miles from Kate's new family homeKate joined husband for lunch at Wood Farm after he went hunting | UPDATED: 10:00 GMT, 28 December 2012 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally joined the rest of the Royal Family for a belated Christmas celebration, after choosing to spend the festive season with the Middleton family instead. William and Kate arrived at Sandringham House, the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk, early on Boxing Day just in time for Prince Philip’s annual pheasant shoot

Jacob Zuma says black people who buy a dog and take it for walks are just copying white culture

Owning a dog 'is not African', declares Jacob Zuma: Racism row after South African president says black people with pets are just copying white culture Outspoken president describes people who love dogs more than humans as 'having a lack of humanity'Black South Africans respond by posting photos of themselves being 'un-African' by walking their dogs on Twitter President's office says message of speech 'was need to decolonise the African mind post-liberation' | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 27 December 2012 Claim: South African President Jacob Zuma has warned black Africans against owning and walking dogs, which he says is just copying white culture He is not afraid to voice controversial opinions on anything from same-sex marriage to teenage pregnancy. But now South African president Jacob Zuma has taken the bizarre step of warning black Africans against owning a dog. President Zuma said that owning and walking a dog, and even taking one to the vet, were not African activities, and was just copying white culture

"Jesus was gay"! Church sparks outrage with claim son of God "should come out"

'Jesus was gay'! Church sparks outrage with claim son of God 'should come out'Reverend claims controversial billboard is mean to 'lift' humanity of Jesus | UPDATED: 13:12 GMT, 17 December 2012 It is the season of glad tidings and forgiveness. But many Christians living in Auckland, New Zealand, are struggling to find goodwill in their hearts for the latest in a series of controversial billboards coming out from the Church of St Matthew in the City. 'It's Christmas.

Hundreds of women have healthy pregnancies ended by mistake because scans can"t detect the earliest signs of life

Hundreds of women may be losing healthy babies due to mistaken diagnosis of miscarriage Home pregnancy tests are now so sensitive women who fear they have miscarried are attending hospital at an earlier stage than in the pastHospital scans cannot detect the earliest signs of life and may fail to pick up a present heartbeat, leading doctors to remove the early foetusUp to 400 woman may be losing healthy babies each year due to mistaken diagnosis, according to reportNew guidelines urge doctors not to operate to remove a foetus within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy | UPDATED: 08:36 GMT, 12 December 2012 Hundreds of women may be losing healthy babies every year because they are incorrectly diagnosed as having suffered a miscarriage, experts have warned. Modern home pregnancy tests are now so sensitive that women are discovering they are pregnant earlier – meaning many who fear they have miscarried are attending hospital at an earlier stage than in the past.

Miscarriage conveyor belt: Women in depths of despair are treated heartlessly by NHS staff, says watchdog

Miscarriage conveyor belt: Women in depths of despair are treated heartlessly by NHS staff, says watchdog A report by Nice says that patients who have lost their baby are often dealt with by 'insensitive' doctors, nurses and receptionistsMany are left to wait on wards where they can hear others giving birth, according to the report | UPDATED: 23:17 GMT, 11 December 2012 Distress: Women who suffer miscarriages are often dealt with by 'insensitive' doctors, nurses and receptionists, according to a new report Women who suffer miscarriages are being treated in a heartless ‘conveyor belt’ system, according to the NHS watchdog. Its report says patients who have lost their baby are often dealt with by ‘insensitive’ doctors, nurses and receptionists

"Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrated baby news with a shepherd"s pie and an early night"

'The most nerve-wracking moment of her life': Friend claims Kate and Wills celebrated baby news with a shepherd's pie… and an early night Royals learnt of pregnancy at their Welsh cottage in October, according to one of the Duchess's oldest friendsFormer school friend Jessica Hay reveals pair wanted to make news public at Christmas Pregnancy instead emerged when Duchess was admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness Duchess 'now feeling much better, making plans for Christmas… and craving papaya fruit'Parents-to-be 'have told doctors they don't want to know the sex of baby' | UPDATED: 09:42 GMT, 10 December 2012 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated news of her pregnancy with a shepherd's pie and an early night, a friend claimed today.

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child"s chance of developing the disease

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child’s chance of developing the disease | UPDATED: 01:24 GMT, 10 December 2012 Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents' second-hand smoke (pictured posed by model) Smoking during pregnancy can treble the baby’s chance of developing meningitis, researchers warn, and children exposed to smoke from a parent’s cigarettes at home are twice as likely to have the deadly illness. Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents’ second-hand smoke

Kate Middleton pregnant: Prince William"s smile that says The Duchess of Cambridge is feeling better

A smile that says Kate's feeling better: William leaves hospital after six hours at bedside but RAF duties may keep him away for monthsDuchess is 'continuing to feel better' but will stay in hospital for treatmentKate and William issue statement thanking public for all their supportWilliam spent hours at bedside before leaving her in care of top doctors Alan Farthing and Marcus Setchell are helping Kate through pregnancy Royal couple 'reassured condition not dangerous for mother or baby'Clarence House: 'Catherine needs rest and will stay in for several days' | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 5 December 2012 Tired but happy: A smiling William leaves Kate's hospital yesterday evening after she was said to be feeling better They are not out of the woods yet, but for the first time in more than 24 hours Prince William finally felt able to offer a smile.