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Some of our most popular posts from August 2016

Most of us were on holiday in August and it was lovely to see you relaxing and spending quality time with friends and family.


Women's Health News  - Four of our top stories 

UK newspaper does not show Olympic winner with alopecia

The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK posted a photo of only two of the four Olympic Gold female medalists after their record breaking Team Pursuit win.  They omitted to include Joanna Rowsell Shand who has alopecia.

Trying to defend their actions, the editor at the Daily Mail is alleged to have said “Well erm, you know, it was, well, like err, you know, it was, well. Well Laura and Elinor are err…”.

The Daily Mail have published many articles on alopecia so it will probably remain a mystery as to why they did not post the full picture on their front page.

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Drinking alcohol when pregnant, some important information

In the UK a powerful video has been produced by NOFAS-UK (national organisation for fetal alcohol syndrome) called ‘No Alcohol No Risk‘.  It has been produced for midwives to explain the risk of drinking during pregnancy. I think every parent and pregnant woman should watch this video.  Some childhood issues may be the result of mothers drinking when they were pregnant.

Fetal Alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term for a range of disorders that are caused by pregnant women drinking alcohol.


The burkini.  What do you think?



Global Women have been having discussions about wearing a bikini – but what about Muslin women who are not allowed to even wear a swimming costume?  This has seriously restricted their ability to go swimming in public.  Years ago in Saudi Arabia I saw a woman swimming in the sea wearing a full burka.  I am amazed she did not drown.

But now we have the burkini.   The burkini was designed in Australia by Aheda Zanetti.  Zanetti’s company Ahiida owns the trademarks to the words burqiniand burkini, but they have become generic terms for similar forms of Islamic swimwear.  I am currently in Australia and I have seen several women wearing a burkini – I think they are fantastic.  Marks and Spencers have launched a range.

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Six year old Afghan girl reported to be sold into marriage

Global women have written two articles on child brides (see read more).  We are horrified that this week it has been reported that a family in rural Afghanistan tried to sell their six year old daughter to a Muslim cleric in his 50s or 60s.  She has since been rescued and is in a shelter whilst the cleric has been arrested.

Her parents have said that she was ‘given’ to the cleric as a ‘religious offering’ but family members say the child was kidnapped.

Mohammad Andarabi, the provincial police chief, told The Washington Post that the man, whom he named as Sayed Abdul Karim, had married the girl with the parents’ consent in front of witnesses, after they accepted food and cash in payment. 

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Features  - Two of our top features 

The ABC's:  Safe Sleep for your Baby, By Emily Magnus

Despite campaigns to increase safe sleep awareness, a recent study has shown that as many as 21% of one month old babies are not being placed to sleep on recommended surfaces, 14% are placed in other positions than on their back (supine), which is recommended, and 91% had loose, or non approved items in their sleep area.

This means that these babies are at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This condition affects roughly 300 babies annually in the UK, and 3000 in the US, and can occur generally within the first 6 months of life. The exact cause of SIDS is unknown, but recommendations for avoidance of SIDS include not smoking around the newborn and placing the baby in the supine position for sleep.

The ABC “safe sleep” recommendations are:
A – Alone. 
B – Back. 
C – Crib.

'Barbie dolls' - what images are we giving girls?

For 57 years, the Barbie doll has been battling controversy.

According to Time “When Barbie debuted at the 1959 New York Toy Fair, she was the first fashion doll with a three-dimensional adult form. The men who dominated the toy industry told her creator, Ruth Handler, that nobody would want to play with a doll with breasts. They were wrong.”

I am writing this post as I have just come across the pregnant doll – she is Barbies friend and her name is Midge.  People say Midge was too young to be pregnant and that the doll might encourage teen pregnancy.

We also have Teen Talk Barbie whose main phrases include  “Will we ever have enough clothes?” and “I love shopping!” but the American Association of University Women took personal offence to, “Math class is tough!” (Mattel has since taken that phrase out of Teen Talk Barbie’s lexicon).

Discussion of the day - Lets get talking

Should women change their surname when they marry?

This post caused one of the biggest discussions we have ever had.

Some of the UK athletes in the Olympics have double barrelled their names when they got married- such as Jessica Ennis-Hill.  It has made me think about women changing their names to their husbands name when they marry.

From a young age I remember my mother getting letters addressed to Mrs Patrick Harper and I was upset that her identity seemed to have totally disappeared.  I always said I would never change my name as it is part of who I am.

But in 2016, the majority of women worldwide change their names when they marry.  The husband keeps his identity but the wife loses hers.  Nowadays we build up a social and professional profile in real life and on social media, which gets lost if we change our name.  Think of even the simplest thing such as keeping in touch with friends – they would have a hard time finding you!!

Why do women feel they need to change their names when they marry?


What do you think of Botox?

One of the most performed cosmetic treatments globally is the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) to “temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet in adults”.

It works by paralysing the muscles.  The Botox web site says “BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® and BOTOX®Cosmetic.

One of the major side affects is the lack of expression that people show after using Botox.  We can see this in the numerous Hollywood actresses who hold the same expression in every scene!!

Botox can be injected by almost anyone but ideally it should be given in a doctors surgery by a fully trained health professional.  Botox parties are very fashionable, where over wine and nibbles, you can also get injected with Botox, usually at a friends house.  

Do you feel like a strong woman?

I did not want to use the word ’empowered’ in this post as I know some women hate this word. I personally like it and would define being strong as being empowered.  The definition of empower is: “make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.”

I do not think being a strong women has to be unfeminine – we are not trying to behave like a man.  In my view it is being in control of your life, knowing what you want to do and doing it without other people trying to control you.  A strong woman should be ‘free’ to do accomplish her dreams and not be controlled by a man or anyone else.


Should we talk to strangers?

We always tell our children not to talk to strangers.  I think this is good advice for children but for adults – we can have a very impersonal and lonely environment if no one talks to each other.

I am currently in Australia and almost everyone I pass says hello.  It puts a smile on my face.  I think the world would be a much happier place if we adopted this in other countries.

According to Wiki How – starting a conversation with strangers ‘is the social equivalent of skydiving.  It’s fun and interesting, but risky’.   Hopefully the chance of meeting a rapist or murderer is very low, and maybe whether we say hello to them or not will not make any difference.


Inspiring Stories - Women overcoming obstacles

Cervical insufficiency - trust your instinct in pregnancy

At 31, Tatia was considered by her gynaecologist as “low risk”. In her first trimester scan, as typical, ultrasound measurements such as Nuchal Translucency (NT) were taken and showed up as normal. The NT measurement is one that helps to identify higher chances for chromosomal conditions in the fetus. One measurement which is not taken as standard however, is the length of the cervix. Cervical incompetence (also known as cervical insufficiency) is a condition in pregnant women where premature dilation and thinning of the cervix occurs before her pregnancy has reached term.

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Which female Olympians have inspired you?

I admire the time and dedication all the athletes have put in to getting to the Olympics.  The women have to fight difficult odds, including dealing with their periods, sexism, comments about their bodies, comments about how they look, their make up, how pretty they are.

But let’s celebrate their hard work.

Which female athletes have you been inspired by in the Olympics so far?




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