Maternity Alliance

Maternity Alliance

An advocacy group that championed the rights of pregnant women and new parents, serving the UK public from the mid-1980s until closing in 2005. In 2008 Maternity Action assumed the duties of Maternity Alliance.
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The Maternity Alliance was campaigning against Government plans to restrict eligibility for free milk under the Social Security Bill.
The Maternity Alliance might well be able to advise.
Ros Bragg, of the Maternity Alliance, said: "Nine months of statutory pay will make it easier for parents to take time off work but the level of statutory pay is so low that many families are really struggling to make ends meet.
Ruba Sivagnana from the Maternity Alliance said she was 'delighted' by the move.
The Maternity Alliance is also calling on employers to play a part in supporting mothers who want to continue breastfeeding when they return to work.
But the Maternity Alliance warned that many parents who asked for flexible work felt they were forced to accept a cut in salary or a drop in job status.
The right to request flexible work was introduced a year ago but 27% of parents say they have ended up with worse conditions, according to the Maternity Alliance poll.
The coalition is made up of groups including the EOC, Age Concern, Amicus union and the Maternity Alliance.
The Maternity Alliance, in a study found most of those who shopped and cooked for themselves were unable to afford an adequate diet It called on an increase in benefit levels for pregnant teenagers and to make them available from the moment pregnancy is confirmed.
The HSE booklet, supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Maternity Alliance, outlines employer's legal responsibilities to protect female employees from workplace hazards and assess possible risks to new and expectant mothers.
The Maternity Alliance at 45 Beech Street, London EC2P 2LX, publishes a Getting Ready For Baby guide.
Christine Gowdridge, Director of Maternity Alliance added: ``The Taskforce has the opportunity to establish a straightforward right which will make flexible working an everyday reality benefiting mothers, fathers, employers and children.