Month: March 2016

Screening for rubella in pregnancy to end April 2016

From the 1 April 2016 pregnant women will no longer be offered routine screening for rubella. Why is screening for rubella in pregnancy to end ? The decision to end routine checks for rubella (German measles) immunity was made after the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) found that it no longer met the criteria for a screening programme. This is because: rubella in the UK is now defined as eliminated by the World Health Organization infection of rubella in pregnancy is very rare vaccinating women against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) before pregnancy is the most effective protection...

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How play can help break the language barrier

Sam Flatman, an outdoor learning specialist and an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Play, explains how play can improve children’s language and communication skills. The number of school children who speak English as a second language has risen by over 20% in the last 5 years. Currently, there are around 1.1 million children who are not native speakers, with this number only set to increase in the future. For school teachers who are unfamiliar with the primary languages of their students, it can be tough to produce positive results across the board. Finding ways to make the English language more...

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Woman tracked down and married her anonymous sperm donor

An Australian woman who had her daughter via IVF has tracked down and married her child’s anonymous sperm donor father. Aminah Hart, who was born in London, decided to conceive her daughter with the help of IVF after the tragic deaths of her first two children. Her sons, Marlon and Louis, died at 14 weeks and 14 months respectively. Both boys suffered from a rare genetic condition called x-linked myotubular myopathy, which is found almost exclusively in males. When Aminah gave birth to a healthy baby girl on August 14, 2012, she was both relieved and happy. However, having...

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Professional athlete shows how pregnancy has affected her post baby body

A professional athlete has been praised for sharing photos of her post baby body to encourage other new mums to be proud of their changing figures. Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, a runner from Phoenix, Arizona, is currently in training for the Olympic Games. Since giving birth to her second child, she often shared honest posts and photos about how motherhood has changed her body. “Humbling” childbirth Through a series of images on Instagram, she has shown that even the fittest mums do not just “spring back” to their pre-pregnancy bodies – and, actually, that’s completely fine. The 32-year-old mother of...

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Walton Primary School names and shames parents who park badly

A school in Essex has decided to name and shame parents who park badly during the school run. The move comes in response to complaints from locals. People living near the Walton-on-the-Naze Primary School have condemned mums and dads for parking on curbs, driveways and double yellow and zigzag lines outside. The school’s reaction has been to publish the number plates of rule-breakers in its newsletter. Staff hope that shaming those responsible will put them off offending in the future. Suzie Bliss, headteacher at the Stanley Road school, said: “We know it’s difficult because the road is tight, but...

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