Editor's Blog

Gender Equality is an Issue for the Critical 1000 Days

I spent the weekend at the Women of the World (WOW) festival on the South Bank in London. If you have never been, go next year. Many events are free. Some you need a day-pass or weekend-pass for and some are evening events that are open to everyone but for which a charge is made. You can have a great weekend without paying anything. And events you have to pay for are nearly always worth the money. (http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/)

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More choice - but what can women choose?

As someone who has always been of the opinion that trusting women to make choices for themselves, their babies (unborn and newborn) and their families is a good thing and results in fewer complaints about care, better outcomes (physical and mental) for mothers and babies and reduced stress on health services, I am naturally delighted that the NHS in England is to give each pregnant woman a ‘personal budget’ of £3,000 so that she can choose what kind of maternity care would suit her best.

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