i Gloria De Piero, politician

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Melanie C has received the mum of the year award

Spice Girl Mel C wins mum of the year award

Former Spice Girl Mel C has been named Tesco's Celebrity Mum of the Year.

Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients are thought to have died needlessly in a four-year period

Stafford hospital scandal: NHS staff responsible for 'terrible care of patients could face prosecution for wilful neglect or manslaughter'

NHS staff responsible for the “terrible” care of patients at Stafford Hospital could face prosecution for wilful neglect or manslaughter, the head of the inquiry into failings of care suggested today.

Stafford hospital carer 'called dementia patient an animal'

A veteran nurse broke down in tears while telling a tribunal how she saw a colleague at Stafford General Hospital pulling a dementia patient around by his pyjamas with his genitals exposed and then called him an “animal” .

Robbie Williams says his daughter threw up after he sang the song he wrote for her

Robbie Williams' song for baby Teddy makes her sick

Robbie Williams has written his first song for new baby Teddy - but admits it made her throw up.

Peter Stringfellow and his wife Bella are expecting a child together

Peter Stringfellow to become father at 72 nearly 50 years after his last child was born

Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow is to become a father again at the age of 72.

Stafford Hospital, where a healthcare assistant allegedly dragged an elderly patient by the collar

Stafford Hospital carer accused of dragging 73-year-old by collar

Four doctors and 10 nurses face misconduct hearings in wake of healthcare scandal  

Multiple births are on the increase

More than 170 sets of triplets and three quads were born to women in the UK last year amid a rise in the number of multiple births, official figures have revealed.

Nine-year-old girl gives birth in Mexico as police hunt for 17-year-old alleged father

A nine-year-old girl in Jalisco, Mexico has given birth to a baby daughter and police are looking for the alleged father, a 17-year-old.

Nine-year-old girl gives birth as Mexican authorities seek out father

A nine year old in Mexico has given birth to a baby girl, prompting an investigation by the state into the whereabouts of the father.

The approaching patter of tiny feet can leave ‘Dad’ feeling a bit helpless

Radio Review: The baby's coming! Boil water and pass the canapés!

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Serial-killer serial: Kevin Bacon (left) and James Purefoy in ‘The Following’

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Unexpected Lessons in Love, By Bernardine Bishop

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Anger after pregnant woman is allowed to take Barney the Labrador into maternity ward to watch her give birth

Staff reportedly said they were appalled that the dog, named Barney, was allowed into a delivery room - and that no special cleaning was undertaken

A simple tape measure could help save 600 babies a year

Up to 600 stillborn babies could be saved each year with the aid of a measuring tape and a chart, experts say.

‘Call the Midwife’, with Miranda Hart, has outshone ‘Downton’

Call 3,000 more midwives! TV smash inspires a new generation

Solid ratings were expected when BBC1 launched its 1950s medical drama Call the Midwife last January in the primetime Sunday night slot vacated by Downton Abbey.

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