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Charging vulnerable migrant women for NHS care

MaternityAction : July 7, 2014 1:26 pm : News
Maternity Action has released a briefing and podcast on charging vulnerable migrant women for NHS maternity care and the impact of the Immigration Act 2014.
Aimed at midwives and others with an interest in improving health outcomes, the briefing outlines existing charging rules and examines the impact on health risks and the woman’s relationship of trust with her midwife.  The briefing considers arguments about cost savings to the NHS and explores how charging policies fit with strategies to reduce maternity health inequalities.
You can read and listen to them here
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Free training on maternity rights and benefits

MaternityAction : June 13, 2014 12:31 pm : News

Maternity Action has developed a series of webinar-based training courses on maternity rights and benefits for advice workers, midwives and other health workers.  We are offering free places while we pilot the training, and you can sign up here   

Places are limited.

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Podcast on access to primary care

MaternityAction : May 27, 2014 5:32 pm : News, Uncategorized
Maternity Action released a podcast about their new report, Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care. You can listen to it here.
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Women need more flexibility in booking GP appointments

MaternityAction : May 27, 2014 4:50 pm : News

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A report released today by Maternity Action and the Women’s Health and Equality Consortium found that women faced particular difficulties accessing GP services, impacting on their health and the health of their families.

“There is an urgent need for GP services to simplify registration procedures and offer more flexibility in booking appointments.

“Two in five of the women surveyed said it was hard to get an appointment with their GP.  They are left to choose between missing work without notice for a same day appointment or waiting several weeks to be seen,” said Maternity Action Director, Rosalind Bragg.

“Three-quarters of mothers report bringing children with them to their appointments as they were unable to arrange childcare at short notice.  This affects what they are able to discuss in their appointments and has resulted in serious breaches of confidentiality.

“More than three in five women prefer to see a female GP about sexual and reproductive health but one in five could not ask for a female GP at their surgery.

“Refugee and asylum seeking women reported particular difficulties obtaining appointments, requiring help from social workers or family members before they could arrange to see a doctor.




  1. Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years.  Maternity Action provides free online information and telephone advice on maternity rights at work and maternity benefits which is available to all pregnant women, new mothers and their families.
  2. The report, Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary careis based on a detailed online survey of 300 women and five focus groups with, respectively, Black and Minority Ethnic women, refugee and asylum seeking women, women living with HIV, LGBT women and women with learning difficulties.
  3. The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) is a partnership of women’s charity organizations who share common goals of health and equality for girls and women.  WHEC aims to ensure that health policy reflects the real needs of girls and women.  It therefore pools the expertise of member organizations to better influence decision-makers and government.  WHEC works to improve the sustainability of the women’s and girls’ health and social care systems, and to strengthen women’s and girls’ capacity to engage with the health and social care systems.


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Podcasts for mums and dads

MaternityAction : April 22, 2014 5:56 pm : News

Maternity Action has just released three new podcasts for pregnant women, new mothers, fathers and partners on their rights at work.  These give parents up to date information on their rights.

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Overdue: a plan of action to tackle pregnancy discrimination now

MaternityAction : December 9, 2013 12:01 am : News, Uncategorized

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In 2005, three years before the global financial crisis of late 2008 and subsequent recession, a landmark study by the Equal Opportunities Commission found that half of all pregnant women suffered a related disadvantage at work, and that each year 30,000 were forced out of their job.

Eight years on, all the available evidence suggests that such pregnancy and maternity discrimination is now more common than ever before, and that as many as 60,000 women are pushed out of work each year.

This report examines the extent of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, assesses the Government’s statements and actions on the issue since 2010, and sets out a plan of action to tackle such discrimination now.

Tell Your Story – When I Had My Baby

Maternity Action are fighting to end pregnancy discrimination. The ‘When I Had My Baby’ campaign aims to shed light on women’s experiences, raise public awareness and campaign for change.

If you’re a mum or a dad and have experienced bad treatment at work because you were pregnant or on maternity/paternity leave we want to hear from you.


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Video of seminar – “Maternity, paternity and parental leave reforms: the health and equality impacts”

MaternityAction : June 19, 2013 11:37 am : News, Uncategorized

A video of Maternity Action’s free seminar,‘Maternity, paternity and parental leave reforms: the health and equality impacts’ is available.  The presentations are also available.  The seminar took place on Thursday 25th October 2012.

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