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    Canada is much friendlier than the U.S. when it comes to working mothers

    Canadian and American flags at the U.S./Canada border March 1, in Pittsburg, N.H. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) Women in that country are more likely to work, and work longer hours, than their U.S. counterparts. However, neither Canada nor the United States has come close to closing the pay gap between men and women, a blemish on both countries’ gender equality records. (Canada ranks 18th among “very high human development countries” on this metric; the United States ranks 45th.) Looking at how many women are working is important because not too long ago, few were able to work outside the home at all. Though women were called to the factory floors during World Wars I…

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    How we can help — The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

    “I have found this site really helpful and it has been a blessing to speak to people who really understand what you are going through and feeling. As much as family and friends try and help, I think the feelings we have can only be understood if you have been through this. I found it helped because you realise that any of the feelings you have are normal and lots of people have had the same, you are not alone, we are all here when you need us.” At the EPT we have been through the same physical and emotional trauma as you so we understand and sympathise with how…

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    Maternity and Paternity leave for Councillors

    A number of Councils have formal or informal arrangements to allow Councillors to take maternity and paternity leave. I was involved in drafting my Council’s policy. You can view our policy here. You can view the Manchester Labour Group policy here. You can also view  Camden’s policy online at http://democracy.camden.gov.uk/documents/s51723/PART%206%20Members%20Allowance%20Scheme.pdf. If your Council has a maternity/paternity policy… This content was originally published here.

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    Best Maternity Clothes for Every Occasion from Glama Mama Maternity

    This post is brought to you by Glama Mama Maternity, where you’ll find the best maternity clothes for every occasion! Finding the best maternity clothes for every occasion just got easier, thanks to Glama Mama Maternity! They have an amazing selection of the cutest pregnancy clothes you can imagine. Whether you’re looking for a power suit for a job interview, a gorgeous dress for your brother’s wedding, or just something cute to wear to your family picnic, they’ve got you covered! Check out some of my favorite selections for each occasion! Best Maternity Clothes for Every Occasion Just about every occasion falls into one of four categories: dressy, casual dressy,…

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    Pregnancy Test After IVF is Positive! What’s Next?

    You’ve been waiting for this for so long and at last your pregnancy test after IVF is positive. Now what happens? Well, in spite of the fact that you might want to shout the good news from a rooftop, it is probably best to be cautiously optimistic for now. A positive pregnancy test is just one step in the IVF process. You’ve cleared another hurdle, but there are still a few more to go. A pregnancy test measures the amount of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your blood. This is a hormone that is secreted when you are pregnant. Many patients ask what is a “good” number to have on…

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    UNICEF calls for paternity leave

    COINDESK.COM The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all countries to provide fathers with legally paid paternity leave to enable them have adequate time to spend with their newborn babies. Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under the age of one live in countries where fathers are not legally entitled to any paid paternity leave, according to a new analysis by UNICEF. There are also 92 countries which lack national policies ensuring that new fathers get adequate paid time off, to spend with their newborn babies, UNICEF said. “Positive and meaningful interaction with mothers and fathers from the very beginning, helps to shape children’s brain growth and development for life,…

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    The boom in self-employed working mothers is nothing to celebrate

    There’s been a boom in working mothers becoming self-employed in Britain. At first glance, that looks like a good solution to gaining flexible working hours and becoming your own boss. According to a new report by Kingston University and the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), the number of mothers who are freelancing has doubled since 2008, to around 594,000. “These results show just how useful and important self-employment can be for women who want to work and spend time with their children,” said Corinne Stuart, IPSE’s head of commercial development. “In the last eight years, more women than ever before have recognized how invaluable the flexibility…

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    Woman tells how ectopic pregnancy made her go completely bald

    (Picture: PA Real Life/ Emma Holmes) Emma Holmes, 40, had a burst appendix when she was 16 which damaged her reproductive organs. So it came as a surprise when the former teacher from Redcar, North Yorkshire, became pregnant in 2009. Unfortunately though, she began bleeding heavily and was quickly diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy where the embryo is fertilised outside the womb. Emma had to have keyhole surgery and have her fallopian tube removed meaning the pregnancy could not be saved. She said that her parents were wonderful during the time and it was her mum who’d initially spotted the hair loss. ‘Mum looked over at me one day and…

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    Returning to Chai from Maternity Leave

    Jen Gelberger, a Chai Lifeline Case Manager, reflects on her return to Chai Lifeline after a year away on maternity leave It is hard to believe that I have been back at Chai Lifeline for just over three months now. It almost feels like I never left! After taking a year maternity leave, I jumped right back into a full caseload that is unfortunately continuing to grow on a regular basis. While the demands of the case manager job are great, and the hours are long and unpredictable, I truly feel it is a privilege to be able to do such meaningful work day in and day out. I am…