i Gloria De Piero, politician

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Professor Dame Sally Davies finds the trend of delayed motherhood 'worrying'

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The average age for a British mother giving birth is 30, the highest figure in the world

Jessica Ennis-Hill, athlete

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All set for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Miss Ennis?

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill announces pregnancy: Sporting comebacks from motherhood

The heptathlete aims to return in time for the 2016 Olympics

Embryos being prepared for IVF

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But experts question the science behind major Australian study

Swinson criticised the fact that MPs do not automatically get maternity leave

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‘My onesie saved my baby’s life’ – newborn caught in garment during shock car park birth

A young mum has hailed a Christmas onesie for saving her newborn baby’s life after it stopped him hitting the pavement when she gave birth unexpectedly.

Women are offered a range of safe options for childbirth and most have a positive experience

Indyplus exclusive: A call from the midwife: Why I am resigning after 10 years in the NHS

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Midwives have spoken anonymously about devastating staff shortages, which has an impact on patient care

Midwives and patients warn of ‘devastating’ staff shortages

As an Independent article by an exasperated midwife goes viral, mothers, patients and other NHS professionals come forward with their own experiences of maternity care

Women are offered a range of safe options for childbirth and most have a positive experience

A call from the midwife: Why I am resigning after 10 years in the NHS

Exhausted, demoralised and fearful, one midwife has had enough of being the public face of a system that is moving away from high-quality care

Mother Lindsay Salgueiro gives birth to twin girls born in different years

Baby Gabriela was born on the last day of 2013, just eight minutes before her sister Sophia was born on the first day of 2014

EU red tape means mothers-to-be in the UK may no longer be able to give birth at a place of their choice

New EU directives put independent midwives under threat

From February, it will be illegal for them to be registered without professional insurance, which many cannot afford

'Shocking' survey suggest one in four new mothers abandoned during labour

Women surveyed said they were not able to access pain relief quickly and that doses of painkillers were not big enough

Pregnant woman with 'very severe' mental health problems could be forced to have Caesarean

The 36-year-old woman at the centre of this latest case has three other children and cannot be named in order to protect her privacy

Deaths at scandal-hit NHS hospital were not properly investigated because senior midwives 'failed to identify' bad practice, claims damning report

Obvious lapses in care at Furness General hospital were not highlighted

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