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6 December, 2012: Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London

Royal baby birth: We've all had our special moment, now let Kate and Will have theirs

After many, many hours of televised twaddle, we have a new Prince. 8lbs, 6 ounces. All new babies are, as Nancy Mitford so rightly pointed out, ‘deep down among the frills and lace,’ little more than, ‘a howling orange in a fine black wig’. Even little Princes who arrive third in line to the throne heralded by the clammy, effusive trumpetings of Nicholas Witchell and the excitable questioning by Kay Burley of excited people about just how excited they are.

‘Millennium children’ will face acute housing shortage

Britain’s failure to build enough homes is set to put a colossal strain on the housing market when the Noughties baby-boomers hit adulthood in 2020, a report claims today.

Yvette Cooper with her husband, Ed Balls, and Joel, their second child

Yvette Cooper felt 'cut off' by Whitehall officials when she took maternity leave

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, spoke of being “cut off” by the Whitehall machine when she took maternity leave for the second time as a minister.

Zimbabwe hospital charges women $5 for each scream during childbirth

A local hospital in Zimbabwe has been exposed as charging women $5 (£3.30) every time they scream while giving birth, a report reveals.

Women who conceive in May are more likely to give birth to underweight, premature babies

May conceptions likely to lead to premature babies

Women who conceive in May are more likely to give birth to underweight, premature babies who carry a higher risk of health problems in later life, a study of nearly 1.5 million children has found.

In the UK there are some 80,000 sex workers, a figure said to include 4,000 women and children trafficked into the country to work as sex slaves

Victims of sex trafficking 'at risk' over NHS charging plans

Confusion over whether the charges would apply to maternity services, says RCM

Cynthia Bower has been identified as one of three officials at the CQC who allegedly hid failings over a hospital where as many as 16 babies died

Doctors slam health regulator as 'not fit for purpose'

After series of alleged blunders, British Medical Association says it has no confidence in CQC's ability to oversee health services

Mother of IVF triplets died just eight days after giving birth

Isabel Mason was joking with staff moments before she died from 'phenomenally rare' condition, doctors tell coroner's court

Former Coronation Street star Denise Black, known to viewers for her role as hairdresser Denise Osbourne, is joining the cast of Emmerdale.

Ex-Coronation Street star Denise Black to join the cast of Emmerdale

Former Coronation Street star Denise Black, known to viewers for her role as hairdresser Denise Osbourne, is joining the cast of Emmerdale.

Belly laughs: 5 Live’s ‘Bump Club’ presenters Edith Bowman and Colin Murray

The week in radio: Sold a dummy as baby talk fails to deliver

I've been putting off listening to Radio 5 Live's Bump Club with Edith Bowman and Colin Murray for some time. You might even say I've been giving it a wide berth (ho ho). Why? Well there's the problem of the name.

Six-year-old boy awarded £3.8m after hospital failings at his birth left him severely disabled

Judge Justice Davies said she was "humbled" by the care Martin and Kelly Bowley had given to their son Jake

Asos revenues surge but Zara and H&M struggle on the high street

The online clothing retailer Asos posted another scorching quarter of revenue growth yesterday but the clothing giants Zara and H&M were hit by a slowdown on the high street.

Five Questions About: The EHIC card

What's that, something you get after drinking too quickly?

Baby No 59 was rescued after being in the sewage pipe for two days

Mother of Baby No 59 found in sewage pipe in China was in crowd watching as he was cut free

Unmarried woman said she could not afford an abortion after child’s father denied responsibility

New mothers hassled in hospitals by babycare firms, warns Mumsnet

The online forum Mumsnet has criticsed the “intrusive” sales tactics of a childcare company endorsed by the NHS. Bounty gives out 2.6 million free “baby bags” a year, containing samples of babycare products, money-off coupons and catalogues. They are available in most hospitals.

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