Some recent stories in the news around women and families.

Birth rate changes and challenges

New statistics were released at the end of 2019 around the birth-rate in the UK.

  • Record numbers of women over 45 are giving birth, with an increase of almost 50% since 2008. (1,619 in 2008, to 2,366 in 2018), with increased risk to the mothers, due to their age.
  • Birth rates among women aged 25 and under are steadily decreasing
  • There is still a shortfall of around 2,500 midwives int eh UK, with just 33 new midwives recruited in 2019
  • 6% of all live births in England were born to mothers living in the most deprived areas of the country, in 2018.
  • Stillbirth rates are also higher, proportionately, in this group. (5.7 per 1000 births, compared to 2.7 in the least deprived areas)

You can read more in the Guardian online.


Domestic Abuse

A teenage has made headlines by creating a video on TikTok to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse.  The short film shows creator Amber gradually applying make-up to her face to resemble bruises.

You can see the film, and read about the reaction, on the BBC website, which also has warning signs and sources of help, for both men and women experiencing domestic abuse.


This Girl Can

The original This Girl Can campaign began five years ago, as an initiative to encourage women to take part in sports – whatever their shape or size. Now, the campaign is tackling some of the taboos in women’s sport. New TV ads show women overcoming menstrual cramps, or menopausal symptoms to take part in the activities they wish to.

This Girl Can was launched by Sport England in 2015, and has helped more than 500,000 women to become more physically active.  The new phase of the programme is helping women overcome their fear of what others think, shown to be a barrier to participation.

Find out more on the This Girl Can website, and see a recent article on the Guardian website.


Hi-tech work culture is impacting families

A new report, the 2020 Modern Families Index, has shown that the modern working culture, of evening emails, and blurred lines between home and work, is impacting families.

More than half of working parents now have flexible working hours, or work from home, but around a third have faked illness to meet family obligations.

You can read more on the Guardian website, or see the report on the Working Families website.