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ST GEORGE’S HALL MAGICAL GROTTO IS BIGGER AND BETTER FOR 2014

 

 

Liverpool’s iconic St George’s Hall has announced details of its second annual magical grotto – and it promises to be even bigger and better for Christmas 2014.  Santa’s Magical Grotto sets the scene for an exciting festive season when it opens each weekend from 15 November to 7 December. It then opens daily between 13 and 23 December.

 

Visitors will be treated to live character performances along a festive treasure trail which leads to a traditional grotto. Here, they meet Santa Claus who will present them with an early Christmas gift – if they’ve been good!

 

Fairy-tale character Mister Grimm is joined by goblins, gnomes and yetis to welcome youngsters to the festive wonderland of fun activities. They will explore the Catacombs of St George’s Hall which are filled with eye-popping displays, there they’ll find clues to help solve a puzzle with a reward waiting for them at the end.

 

Last year’s grotto proved such an unprecedented success, that families queued around the hall to meet Santa – and they were full of praise for the new city grotto at St George’s Hall.  To meet the anticipated demand for 2014, pre-bookable and fast track tickets have been introduced to enhance the overall experience and give families the opportunity to beat the queues and tickets are on sale now.

 

Pre-bookable slots are at 10am, 10.30am, 11am and 11.30am on the following Saturdays and Sundays – 15 and 16 November, 22 and 23 November, 29 and 30 November, and 6 and 7 December. Then the same times daily between 13 and 23 December.

Fast-track advance tickets are priced at £8 per child, with up to two accompanying adults. The ticket includes grotto entry to meet Father Christmas and gift. The price for additional accompanying adults is £1.50, which can be paid on the door.

 

The grotto is also open between 12pm and 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) on the same dates. These tickets are priced at £7 (payable on the door), and also include meeting Santa Claus, gift and entry for up to two accompanying adults. Queues are to be expected.

 

A professional photographer will be on-hand to capture the ultimate festive magical moment – when youngsters meet Santa. Families are also welcome to take their own photographs.

 

Alan Smith, General Manager at St George’s Hall, said: “St George’s Hall is a Liverpool landmark – so where better to bring your family and enjoy a traditional magical grotto. We were thrilled with the success of our first grotto last year – so there was no question about throwing open our doors again this Christmas. This year, our excited young visitors (and old ones too!), can look forward to live performances from fairy-tale characters and a treasure trail, before meeting Santa Claus. And due to popular demand, we’ve introduced fast track tickets to help enhance the overall visitor experience and ensure everyone has a truly magical time.”

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Santa’s Magical Grotto

St George’s Hall, Liverpool. (Entrance via the Heritage Centre)

 

Dates:

Saturday & Sunday 15 & 16 November

Saturday & Sunday 22 & 23 November

Saturday & Sunday 29 & 30 November

Saturday & Sunday 6 & 7 December

Daily between 13 and 23 December

Pre-bookable slots available on the above times at:

10am / 10.30am / 11am / 11.30am

 

Pre-bookable tickets:

£8 per child, up to two accompanying adults go free

Additional accompanying adults £1.50 each, payable on the door

 

How to book:

Pre-bookable tickets are available from TicketQuarter by telephoning 0844 8000 410 / online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk / or in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool.

 

On the door tickets:

£7 per child, up to two accompanying adults go free

Additional accompanying adults £1.50 each, payable on the door

Available from St George’s Hall gift shop on the day, for venue enquiries telephone 0151 225 6903/6909

Midwives to be out in force at TUC march for fair pay

 

Midwife and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will be out in force at the TUC ‘Britain Needs A Pay Rise’ demonstration in London on Saturday, 18th October. The RCM will be there along with tens of thousands of other workers to fight for fair pay.

 

The RCM’s participation in the march comes in the same week that RCM members took strike action over NHS pay. This was the first strike action in the RCM’s 133 year history. The march will follow four days of further action (Tuesday 14th to Friday, 17th October) where RCM members took their breaks and claimed for any overtime worked.

RCM members are saying enough is enough to the Government’s rejection of the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) recommendation of a 1% pay award for midwives and other NHS staff. They will also be there campaigning for fair pay for all.

Commenting, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: ”I was overwhelmed by the huge response from our members to industrial action. It shows the depth of feeling on this and the levels of anger and discontent among our members. I really encourage those that can make it to join us on Saturday so that we can show the Government just how strong their feelings are and how much support there is for fair pay.

“For too long our members and their fellow workers have suffered pay freezes with income rapidly falling behind the real cost of living. They are not asking to be paid like bankers, just for a fair reward for the work they do. Enough’s enough and now is the time to take a stand.”

 

Mushroom Kids Stools, £82.00

 

Anne-Claire Petit’s beautiful design and craftsmanship combine with functional practicality in these unique mushroom children’s stools. Hand crocheted from polypropylene and organic cotton with a polyester fibre filling, they are suitable for ages 3 and up. These funky patterned toadstools are the perfect way to create a wonderland within your child’s bedroom. (Other vegetables are available!)

Cake Lingerie Launch Maternity Knicker gift set. 

 A beautiful pack of 4 cotton maternity briefs with cute lace trim. Made from a high quality cotton and cut to sit under the growing belly, these maternity briefs will be favourites during pregnancy, during nursing and beyond.  Perfect gift for a mum to be at Christmas!

Available in 3 different packs; Basics | Fashion | Assorted

 Available in 4 sizes S-XL | RRP pricing - £24.90 | Available for Sale 1st Dec 2014

My Little DaVinci

Display your child’s artwork in My Little Davinci professional frames, and store up to 50 masterpieces. Clear your fridge door from your kids’ finger paintings and frame them beautifully with these front-opening frames.

 

Frame your children's precious masterpieces

Every proud parent has the same problem: children' s artwork they cherish, and photographs they want to display! Face it, most of us use our fridge as an art gallery, and our computers as our photo albums. The worst part is that we never really get enjoy them. Many of the masterpieces our kids create for us end up lost or damaged, and even the best digital photos never get shared.

To solve this universal problem, Dynamic Frames ® patented several lines of front-opening frames that not only professionally display artwork and photos, but store up to 50 in each slim frame! They are perfect for displaying photos, artwork, certificates, collages, and posters. Create a rotating photo and art gallery in your home for all to see and treasure.

 

My Little DaVinci costs £29.99 for A4 and £39.99 for A3 from My Little DaVinci

NO CHILD SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAY KIDS IN THE NORTH WEST

 

·         94 per cent of children would give away some  presents if it meant another child would have a happier Christmas

·         Over half of children have given up their free time for charity at Christmas

·         Argos, Barnardo’s and Tess Daly launch this year’s annual Toy Exchange from today until 25th November 2014

 

 

Children’s Christmas wishes are evolving as today’s kids show awareness of the less fortunate and consider what they could give to a disadvantaged child, according to new research released today.

 

Rather than seeing other children go without toys in the festive season, the research from Argos and Barnardo’s shows that 94 per cent of children would happily give up some of their Christmas presents, if it meant a disadvantaged child could enjoy a happier Christmas.

 

And the spirit of Christmas continues with children also sharing their time, the new study revealing that 59 per cent of children spend time during their Christmas break supporting various causes with bake sales, sponsored silences, carol concerts and charitable donations.

 

And the Christmas belief of giving and receiving can start immediately for children across the UK with the launch of the third annual Argos Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s. From today, until 25th November, Argos customers are invited to drop off once-loved toys at Argos or Barnardo’s stores in return for a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend), to be redeemed at Argos by 24 December. All donated toys are then sold in Barnardo’s retail outlets to raise funds for the charity. 

 

The scheme aims to raise money for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children and this year TV presenter and mum of two, Tess Daly has teamed up with the UK’s number one toy retailer* Argos and children’s charity, Barnardo’s, to make this year’s event the most successful yet!

 

Tess Daly, said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the Argos Toy Exchange this year. It’s an incredibly worthwhile cause and one which can help make Christmas that little bit more special for disadvantaged families across the UK. We want to bring the grand total from the three Toy Exchanges to £2 million, with over 1150 Argos and Barnardo’s stores throughout the country it’s so simple to just pop down to your local branch and get donating!”

 

And ahead of Christmas, the Toy Exchange is the perfect way to clear out those pre-loved toys and make space whilst supporting a hugely worthwhile cause.

 

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Argos, said: “As the UK’s number one toy retailer, we know how important it can be having something to open on Christmas morning. Each year Argos’ Toy Exchange raises hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of toy donations. Over the last two years we have generated around £1.25 million worth of toys and this year we want to add to this to hit £2 million over the three years. With the money raised going to help support some of Barnardo’s vital causes such, as early year’s development or vocational skills training, we’re committed to make this the most successful year yet!”

 

Gerard Cousins, Barnardo's Director of Retail and Trading, said: “After the success of the Toy Exchange over the last two years, it made sense to aim towards the next milestone, to bring the total target to £2 million. We believe that with the support of the UK’s children and their families, we can do it!

 

“Barnardo’s helps some of the most disadvantaged youngsters in the UK for example; those growing up in poverty, those trying to escape abuse and those living in care. Profits from the toys, when sold will fund this work’.

 

 

For more information about the Toy Exchange visit: www.argos.co.uk/toyexchange.

 

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

 

Illustrated by Jim Fields

 

Published by HarperCollins Children’s on 9 October 2014

 

Hardback £12.99/ 384pp and also available as an ebook and audio download

 

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs in the world. So important, in fact, that the decision to be one shouldn’t be left to the parents themselves. But in a world not too far from our own, parents don’t just have kids – instead it’s the kids who get to choose their perfect mum and dad.

 

The Parent Agency is the first children’s book from author, screen-writer and comedian David Baddiel. It follows the adventures of Barry Bennett, 9 year old whose own parents are so boring that they actually called him Barry. In fact, it is Number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 8) ‘not being glamourous or famous’ (which he realises is a bit similar to Number 1, but he’d already started the list when he got to this point).

 

Then one day Barry makes a fateful wish, and finds himself in a world where kids get to choose their parents, with the help of The Parent Agency. Barry’s quest takes him to the homes of a series of prospective parents, all eager to win his favour. From the posh Lord and Lady Rader-Wellorff to the celebrity couple Vlad Mitt and Morrissina Padada (whom everybody calls Vlassorina), Barry’s quest to find the perfect parents takes him into the homes of some extraordinary characters.

 

The Parent Agency is a brilliantly funny, gripping and cleverly-orchestrated novel, with more than a dash of magic, from a born storyteller. The author was inspired to write the book following a chat with his own 9-year old son, Ezra. Already a much-acclaimed author of adult novels, published under the HarperCollins 4th Estate imprint, David Baddiel establishes himself with The Parent Agency as a major new voice in children’s fiction, blending the classic fantasy of the likes of The Wizard of OZ with rich and playful use of words from one of the UK’s much-loved comedy voices.

 

David Baddiel began his career as a writer after graduating from Cambridge with a double first in English literature in 1986. He was a judge for the Guardian First Book Award in 2000 and the Man Booker Prize in 2002. 

For more information contact Four Colman Getty:

Matt.railton@fourcolmangetty.com / 020 3697 4262

Christina.Neou-North@fourcolmangetty.com / 020 3697 4264

UK's top experts to take the stage at The Baby Show Olympia 2014

 

The Baby Show is returning to its birthplace, Olympia, between 24th – 26th October 2014, and is bringing with it a hugely impressive line-up of experts ready and willing to share their top tips on a range of pregnancy and parenting topics, from sleeping to weaning, breastfeeding, play, exploration and much, much more! Experts include:

 

·         Professor Robert Winston, pioneer of fertility and women’s health, TV presenter and Chairman of Genesis Research Trust

·         Annabel Karmel MBE, UK’s leading infant nutrition and weaning expert, author of 38 books

·         Dr Ellie Cannon, GP specialising in family health, resident GP for Mail on Sunday

·         Zita West, fertility and pregnancy consultant

·         Mandy Gurney, founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic

·         Clare Byam-Cook, breastfeeding expert

·         Gill Rapley, baby-led parenting and baby-led weaning expert

·         Jo Tantum, sleep, routines and twins specialist

·         Lisa Clegg,  author of The Blissful Baby Expert

·         Emily Williamson, carrying consultant, Founder of South London Sling Library

·         Tracey Taylor, British Red Cross paediatric first aid specialist

·         Michelle Heaton, singer, TV Personality and pregnancy fitness expert

·         Dr. Julie Coultas, social psychologist and expert in developmental play

·         Dr. Robert Titzer, early language development expert

 

NEW to The Baby Show Olympia 2014, is the Vermilion Parenting Experts Corner and the Campbell Books Activity & Reading Zone.

Vermilion Parenting Experts Corner invites visitors to meet top parenting authors from one of the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting book publishers. A hub of expertise and friendly faces, new and expectant parents can find reassurance and answers from those in the know.

Campbell Books Activity & Reading Zone is the perfect place to keep little ones entertained. There are fun sessions taking place throughout the day including nursery rhymes, storytelling, drawing and dance. Highlights include ‘All aboard the London bus’, ‘Nursery Rhymes with Campbell’ and ‘Drawing with Ella’, Campbell books designer.

For further information please visit

www.thebabyshow.co.uk 

Introducing Graco’s most versatile stroller yet – the Ready2Grow boasts twelve different riding options, and literally grows with your children.

 

Catering for parents who need flexibility for their growing family, Ready2Grow comfortably carries two children, whatever stage of development they are at, with its impressive twelve different riding options.

 

Suitable from birth when used with a Graco Junior Baby 0+ car seat, Ready2Grow can be combined with two infant car seats for newborn twins, or used with one car seat for a newborn baby and an older child. There’s also an in built standing platform and bench seat that toddlers and older children will love.

 

With such a variety of options, the Ready2Grow aims to prevent those inevitable moments when children get tired of walking and are begging to be carried; even the fussiest and fidgety of all toddlers will be a fan of this new mode of travel.

 

The front and rear seat come with a five point harness making it suitable from 6 months to approximately 3 years (0-15kg).  The Face Time™ rear seat allows for increased interaction and is also removable for access to the bench seat and standing platform.

 

A combination of versatility, convenience and functionality, the Ready2Grow has been created to help support parents and make the everyday that little bit easier.

 

Graco Ready2Grow RRP: £299.99

Available exclusively from Babies R Us

 

  • Suitable from birth when using Graco Junior Baby 0+ car seat, with an option to fit two of these
  • Front and rear seat with 5 point harness from 6 months to approx. 3 yrs (0-15kg)
  • Front seat with multi-position recline
  • Padded bench seat with 3 point harness and standing platform for your older child from 15kg (3yrs) to 20kg
  • Convenient one hand fold
  • Free standing when folded
  • All round spring suspension
  • Removable child tray and parent tray with pivoting cup holder
  • Easy accessible large shopping basket
  • Raincover included

 

 

For more information on Graco products, visit www.graco.co.uk orwww.facebook.com/gracobaby

THE most luxury baby carriage, the stunning Silver Cross Surf Aston Martin Edition (Second Edition), launches exclusively at Harrods (www.harrods.com) TODAY (1st October). It is exclusive to Harrods with an edition of just 600, each one individually numbered, for each purchase. 

A collaboration of two iconic British brands, Silver Cross and Aston Martin, with a focus on design, engineering, craftsmanship and luxury, this pram is simply the best of British. It takes weeks of time and effort from expert craftsmen to hand-build each one ensuring perfect execution.  

 

The pram retails at £3,000 (including the Sheepskin Seat Liner and Cashmere Baby Blanket). The waiting list for this most luxurious pram opens exclusively at Harrods.com today.  

 

The design, engineering, craftsmanship and luxury used for the pram is as you would expect to find in an Aston Martin car.  Just some of the features you will find on the pram are below:

  • Aston Martin & Silver Cross designers worked closely together on the design collaboration
  • The hardwearing Alcantara suede used on the exterior pram unit and seat is the same as used on the roofs of Aston Martin cars 
  • The stunning pearlescent 'Morning Frost' white paint finish on the chassis is a colour choice available on an Aston Martin
  • The pram's exclusive Aston Martin designed alloy wheels are inspired by the wheel design of the Aston Martin 177
  • The strong magnesium alloy chassis boasts air ride suspension to guarantee a smooth ride
  • The pram also comes with luxurious accessories; the softest and most premium white Sheepskin Seat Liner, hand finished in Devon, England; a 100% cashmere baby blanket hand woven in Yorkshire, England, providing elegance and luxury every step of the way.

Last year, the much anticipated limited First Edition of 600 sold out globally. 

Scribble, sketch, colour and doodle central London’s newest district
Nine Elms on the South Bank welcomes The Big Draw

[London: 30 September 2014] Big changes are taking place throughout Nine Elms on the South Bank, and what better way to be a part of capturing that change than by getting involved in the area’s 2014 Big Draw programme. From 1 October to 2 November, 280,000 people are expected to join in over 1,000+ drawing activities nationwide as part of The Big Draw 2014 and Nine Elms have a huge programme of events this year. Most of the events are free and for all ages - for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can't!

 

As part of The Big Draw last year, Nine Elms invited the public to sketch the early stages of the regeneration from the 20th floor of Market Towers - a site now under demolition, with construction on Wanda One (UK)’s One Nine Elms set to begin early next year.

 

One year on the regeneration is picking up pace, with 14 schemes currently on site for the £15 billion opportunity area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. This year’s Big Draw events will take place a little closer to the ground, with a wide-ranging programme offering creative drawing experiences across the area, helping Londoners to get better acquainted with central London’s newest district.

 

Programme highlights include:

·         A do-it-yourself Mad Hatter tea party with artist and illustrator Jenni Desmond at local cultural institution The Tea House Theatre, 22October, 5pm-7.30pm (Ages 10+)

·         A giant dollhouse workshop at The Doodle Bar in Battersea, where the audience can build (or doodle) their own dream Nine Elms home - BYO shoebox! - 18 October 10am-12pm & 2-4pm (For all ages)

·         A series of comic art workshops with acclaimed illustrator Daniel Locke at Space Station Sixty-Five: using a short piece of newspaper text as their starting point, participants will learn how to create comic art that considers composition, expressive colour use and pacing - 18 October, 2pm (Ages 16+)

 

·         A unique opportunity to make your mark on the walls, up the stairs and even on the landing of artist Pam Williams’ studio through the creation of 6x4 ft. puzzles - 4& 5 October, 10am-5pm (For all ages)

 

·         Scribble, sketch, colour, paint and weave along the Thames riverbank on Nine Elms Lane with The Brick Box – expect light graffiti, colourful performances, storytelling and more - 25 & 26 October, 12pm to 10pm (For all ages)

 

·         A Muddy Squelchy Big Draw at the Garden Museum, using clay to draw and create a garden within the museum. The garden will ‘grow’ each day as more visitors contribute in clay – 27–31 October (For all ages)

 

·         Kids can create a menagerie of their own at Vauxhall City Farm with author and illustrator of ‘The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast’ Jenni Desmond, all materials provided – 30 October, 1-4pm (Ages 4-7)

 

For information on Big Draw in and around Nine Elms on the South Bank please visit:  www.nineelmslondon.com/bigdraw

Helen Fisher, Programme Director, Nine Elms on the South Bank said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming The Big Draw back to Nine Elms; it is great to see so many of the area’s institutions and organisations getting involved. I look forward to seeing families and communities from across London come together to explore Nine Elms on the South Bank and get better acquainted with the changes that are taking place.”

 

Sue Grayson Ford, the Campaign for Drawing Director, said: “I am delighted to see Nine Elms on the South Bank playing such a big part in The Big Draw 2014. Drawing helps us to understand the world in which we live, and what better way to get to know the changes underway in this rapidly transforming part of London than through this fantastic array of creative activities for all ages!”s

 

The global store was founded in the hope of making shopping fun and easy for modern day parents, who understand and appreciate the value of sophisticated and attractive children’s clothing.

 

Little Concept strive to offer a unparalleled selection of childrenswear, whilst also bringing together well established, up-and-coming designers from around the world. Exclusive brands such as Caramel Baby & Child, OEUF, Mini Rodini, Petit Bateau and many more are all available on the site.

 

If you’re looking for a global fashion destination for kids, make sure to visit Little Concept at www.littleconcept.com for the best brands that have been handpicked from across the world!

Designer of the Year Gemma Collins Unveils Occasionwear for 2014

www.gemmacollinsofficial.com

Designer of the year and reality star, Gemma Collins, has unveiled a sneak peak at her Gemma Collins’ Collection Occasionwear, ahead of the events season in 2014.

Offering delicate detailing and an elegant, classic colour palette, the stunning curve-skimming collection features dresses in all shapes and styles, perfect for every event this 2014.

 

Speaking about the collection, Gemma said;

“With a new year on the horizon, diaries are filling up with fun dates for 2014. Everyone will have a special family christening, best friend’s wedding or garden party to attend this coming year and I’m determined to make every bigger girl out there feel just as special as the occasion. I’m so excited to offer a glimpse at my occasionwear line for 2014. I’ve toned down the glitz and bling and gone for a sharp, sophisticated yet flirty look. There are delicate swing dresses to skim over those curves, elegant off the shoulder numbers and vintage lace for ladies that love a classic look. My occasionwear line fits the bill for every date this 2014, while allowing us plus-size and proud girls a variety of gorgeous choices.”

Since its launch in July 2012, Gemma Collins’ Collection has stolen the hearts of the nation. Using her knowledge and experience of the niche plus-size market having struggled for years to find stylish clothing for girls with curves, Gemma has hit the jackpot with her Occasionwear 2014 from Gemma Collins’ Collection. From classic, waist-cinching LBDs to curve-skimming shift dresses speckled with sparkle, Gemma Collins’ Occasionwear 2014 offers something for every lady from size 14 upwards.

Nearly half of parents buy pre-loved presents this Christmas

Over 40% of parents are buying ‘‘pre-loved’ gifts for their children this year

 

Bournemouth, UK – 16th December 2013: Milton, the leading expert in sterilising, today reveals the results of a new consumer poll looking at parents’ Christmas shopping behaviour. The research revealed that nearly half of mums and dads will be buying ‘pre-owned’ presents for their children this Christmas.

 

The study also showed that nearly 30% of parents will be buying pre-loved items for at least a quarter of their Christmas shopping, with 10% of parents buying pre-loved gifts for half of their presents.

 

This new-found enthusiasm for buying gifts from charity shops, flea markets, and sites such as eBay and Freecycle could be due to a combination of factors: a growing desire to get vintage gifts, to recycle more and waste less, and of course to reduce the cost of Christmas without compromising on quality. This all comes at a time when the cost of living is squeezing household budgets.

 

Tess Clarke, Commercial and Marketing Manager at Milton commented: “We were interested to know what and how people were planning to buy over Christmas this year as we’ve had parents ask us about using our products to clean toys and other items around the home.

 

“So, we created a customer poll to find out.  It seems clear, from our results, that lots of parents are considering pre-loved presents this year. Perhaps the stigma of buying ‘second-hand’ is lifting as people look for ways to get the quality gifts they want for less money as you can on many of the popular auction and selling websites.

 

“With the increase in the cost of living, and the recent announcement from the charity Money Advice Trust which has seen a massive increase in calls about rent arrears since 2013, it’s clear that some families are struggling to balance their bills. Christmas is a time of added expense so simple measures like buying pre-loved gifts can cut the costs and can help to ease the burden without compromising on quality. A quick wipe over with anti-bacterial wipes like Milton can help clean plastic or wooden toys and give parents peace of mind that they are hygienically clean, while some soft toys should be washed according to their instructions.”

Thrupenny Bits, the brand committed to making breastfeeding comfortable, portable and stylish is delighted to announce their award winning product is now endorsed by midwives.

 

The team were thrilled to hear that a number of mums have been told about the unique breastfeeding pillow by their midwife and it was especially exciting to learn that internationally recognised breastfeeding expert Geraldine Miskin was among them.

 

RRP: Starting from £33                                                                                                                                                               

Stockists: thrupennybits.co.uk

Midwives comment on CQC’s 2013 survey of women’s experience of maternity care

 

Commenting on the survey’s results, Cathy Warwick, the Royal College of Midwives’ chief executive said: “We welcome evidence of improvements in women’s experience of maternity care since 2010, but there are  worrying findings, too. It is sad to see that in three years the NHS has not improved in terms of women seeing the same midwife during their care, which often means women have to repeat their histories over and over again.

 

This third survey shows that the NHS continues to fail too many women. It sets out yet more evidence of the real-life and disheartening effects on women of the shortage of midwives.  How many more flashing red lights do we need?    I am deeply disappointed about the high proportion of women who were left alone and worry about this during early labour.  It is sad, too, that vital postnatal care is a focus for women’s criticisms. We urgently need to change these things.

 

“The RCM’s latest estimate is that the NHS in England is short of 4,800 midwives, so it is sadly inevitable that women will see many different midwives, but it does not have to be this way. We are seeing some action to bring this shortage down, but those efforts need to be redoubled if we are to see fewer women have a negative experience of what should be amongst the happiest moments of their lives. Maternity care is the earliest health intervention of them all and getting it right for mothers, babies and parents is an important part of supporting families and building good health for later in life.”

 

Amy Childs Launches Floor-Length & Fabulous Collection

www.amychildsofficial.co.uk

Former TOWIE Star and businesswomen, Amy Childs, has launched her all-black Floor-Length & Fabulous Collection ahead of Christmas 2014.

From elegant drop-shoulder evening dresses, to stunning sequin celebratory numbers and sophisticated jumpsuits, there is a style to suit every figure this festive season.

 

 

Speaking about the collection, Amy said:

“Everyone has a little black dress in their wardrobe, but sometimes us girls want a more sophisticated look. I’ve designed my Floor-Length & Fabulous collection to be elegant and sexy; showing some leg yet skimming the floor. With a splash of glitz and glam detailed on every dress, the collection is perfect for formal dinner parties, masquerade balls and New Year celebrations. I’ve also chosen a variety of different styles, including a jumpsuit, so you can look fabulous in a floor-length frock this Christmas and New Year."

Amy Childs’ Floor-Length & Fabulous Collection is stocked online on www.amychildsofficial.co.uk, at her flagship store in Brentwood, Essex and boutique in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon, Essex as well as high-street giants such as Next, Lipsy and BANK.

From left to right; PIPPA BLACK £95.00; MANDY £80.00; TRUDIE BLACK £80.00; STEFANIE BLACK £90.00; UNA £99.00.

Amy Childs’ Floor-Length & Fabulous Collection is available from www.amychildsofficial.co.uk.

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