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The follow-up check for new mothers needs to be improved to ensure women with mental health problems do not fall through gaps in the system, a parenting charity has said. The GP postnatal check-up, which is usually offered to new mothers six weeks after the birth of their baby, should…
A mother and daughter who lost a legal bid for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England have urged a government minister to intervene. The Health Secretary has the statutory power to ensure women from Northern Ireland have access to free terminations in England.…
More must be done to tackle the "taboo" subject of baby death, a charity has said. Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, said that while many members of the public are aware of the pain of baby loss, others still have no idea and it remains a taboo subject.…
The UK's highest court has narrowly rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. Supreme Court justices announced their three to two majority decision in London on Wednesday. The 20-year-old woman at…
There has been a 17% rise in the last decade in the proportion of women who are already mothers having abortions, figures show. New data from the Department of Health shows a steady rise since 2006 in the proportion of women who are mothers opting for terminations. In 2006, 47%…
An online abortion service can offer an alternative to unsafe methods of ending pregnancies, a study of women in Northern Ireland and the Republic concluded. Almost 95% of interventions were "successful". A tenth sought medical attention. International researchers analysed data showing that rates of adverse effects after using drugs to…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
Just 7% of women with mental health problems during or after pregnancy are getting specialist help, a new poll suggests. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said the NHS is "letting down" some of the most vulnerable women in society. The RCOG said its latest report highlights an…
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