Tag Archives: pregnancy

HPV vaccine Goes global

A year or so ago my twelve year old daughter was told that all her class were to be given the vaccination against the sexually transmitted HPV virus, assuming they consented to it. All her peers went ahead, probably with little thought on it. However […]

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New genetic screening plans raise serious questions about our attitudes to disability

The Human Genetics Commission (HGC), a government advisory committee, has given the green light to preconception genetic tests saying that there are no specific ‘social, ethical or legal’ reasons that stand in the way. The UK National Screening Committee will now consider this advice as […]

Missing midwives costs mothers’ lives

On 1 April 2011 Save the Children launched a campaign to find the missing midwives. Save the Children’s recent research suggests that globally we need 350,000 midwives, and that this shortage of skilled birth attendants means as few as 6% of women in some developing […]

Welsh teenagers to get morning-after pill over the counter – a plan that’ll backfire

I recently blogged on the fact, surprising to some, that morning-after pills don’t actually cut teen pregnancy rates and instead increase the incidence of sexually transmitted infections. This morning we learnt that so-called ‘emergency contraception’ can now be obtained without charge from pharmacies across Wales, […]