Maternity Action

Maternity Action

A UK charity established in 2008 which assumed the duties of the Maternity Alliance when it closed in 2005, taking forward its work as well as responding to new and emerging needs amongst pregnant women, new mothers and their families.
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Rosalind Bragg, director of UK charity Maternity Action, said it was "a great example of balancing work and breastfeeding".
Jo Swinson, a former Liberal Democrat government minister who chairs Maternity Action, said: "We have heard positive statements from ministers about the importance of ending maternity discrimination but, nearly a year on from Equality and Human Rights Commission research documenting the shocking scale of the problem, we have yet to see a comprehensive plan of action.
According to the charity Maternity Action report, around 60,000 women face discrimination yearly and many employers manage to get away with it.
by Rayah Feldman, Maternity Action and the Refugee Council, London, UK, 2013
Rosalind Bragg, director of charity Maternity Action, was appalled and said asking a mum to stop breastfeeding is actually "against the law", although police confirmed it would be a civil rather than a criminal matter.
Rosalind Bragg, Director at campaigning group Maternity Action says the organisation is encountering increasing numbers of pregnant women who are facing poor treatment at work and fear losing their jobs as a result of childbearing.
Maternity Action, another organisation in the UK that promotes the well-being of all pregnant women, said that an estimated 30,000 women are out of jobs each year as a result of "pregnancy discrimination".
Reviewing the Ministry of Health's Maternity Action Plan (MOH, 2008a) also strengthened their resolve to provide quantitative data, specifically principle four of the plan that states, "Maternity services provide safe, high quality services that are nationally consistent and continuously improve" (ibid, p 8).
Roz Hampson, of Maternity Action, a charity that works to end inequality and promote the well-being of mothers, said: "Women are allowed to breast-feed in public places including shops, restaurants and hotels, except where there are very specific circumstances.
Organised by health group Birmingham LINk and aiming to promote the Women's Health and Maternity Action Group, the event features a question and answer panel, information stalls, self-help guides, workshops, refreshments and entertainment.
Workforce issues: The Ministry of Health has developed a Draft Maternity Action Plan 2008-2012, with consultation meetings to be held from February until the end of April.
Sue Horsier, from the Oswestry Maternity Action and Support Group, said: "The new scanner should be in the unit within days.