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Baby `died after midwife's errors'

A PIONEER of natural birth techniques lost control of a baby's breech delivery, which left a baby girl dead and the mother collapsed and bleeding on the floor, a disciplinary hearing was told yesterday.

Midwives fear `backlash' over natural births

THREE INDEPENDENT midwives face tribunals this week in what some experts say signals a backlash by the medical establishment against natural childbirth.

Right of Reply: Caroline Flint

The Labour MP for Don Valley answers Michael Brown's criticisms of backbenchers

British woman gets 27 years for Tenerife killing

Families plan appeal as Spanish court finds bar owner guilty of ordering hitmen to kill her partner

Nice suits, but are Blair's babes doing the business?

AN attack on the "gender apartheid" and "genitalia politics" of Labour's women-only shortlists yesterday provoked strong reaction from the ranks of the party's 101 women MPs.

No room for children in the House

While the majority of new MPs have declared their support for improved childcare, the Commons itself has nothing to offer them. By Fran Abrams

Politics: Shy benefits rebels make way for `Tone's clones'

A predicted Commons rebellion over cuts in lone parents' benefits failed to materialise last night as unhappy backbenchers stayed away. Fran Abrams, Political Correspondent, watched as loyal Labour MPs queued up to support the Government line.

Mining: Labour's new intake confronted by a gritty old problem

With the threat of closure hanging over half the coal industry, new Labour is facing an old Labour problem. Barrie Clement, Labour Editor, visits Rossington Colliery, in South Yorkshire.

The House of high fashion

The fresh intake of Labour MPs have provided a new model army for the glossy pages of Elle magazine

John Major - who he?

JOHN MAJOR is disappearing into history faster than any previous Prime Minister. Not only did his declaration against the single European currency make very small waves last week, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer - Iron Broon - forgot that he existed.

Hi-tech childbirth? Yes please, doctor!

Has the natural birth movement gone too far, pressurising women to reject other options? Louise Chunn talks to mothers who've found that nature doesn't always know best

Labour cold-shoulders Donnygate councillors

Local politicians in Doncaster, some of whom have been accused of accepting "inappropriate" gifts and hospitality, have been excluded from the shortlist for a new MP for the area.

The kindest cut?

The imminent birth of Madonna's child is the most public of the year; that she may elect to have it by Caesarean is a much-touted rumour. Would it be a shocking choice, or a good idea? By Emma Haughton

madonna and child

Mistress of reinvention, Madonna's latest incarnation as mother is almost complete and the signs are she's taking her maternal role pretty seriously. With the baby due on 10 October, Madonna has moved out of the media limelight. She's told friends she wants a 'cosy' retreat where she can bring up her kid. Even her choice of name, Lola, after the Kinks' hit, is surprisingly discreet for such a flamboyant character. Is this the final change, then, that nobody, perhaps not even Madonna, could have predicted: a switch from sensuous to downright sensible? Exactly what can we expect from Madonna the mother? Emma Cook asked the experts
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As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
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Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

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Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
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