HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. Although it’s not so happy when you appreciate the focus this year. According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t entirely close until 2186. Not sure how they’ve worked that out, but that is […]
According to hospital figures, there has been a significant increase in attacks against people over 50, particularly women, putting a stop to the 7 year decline in serious violent crime in England and Wales. Attacks on women over 50 has […]
Calling all female engineers. PLEASE redesign a more female friendly Mammogram machine. I had a routine Mammogram yesterday. Honestly, I do wonder why they haven’t yet invented a slightly more comfortable machine than simply shoving each breast into a press. […]
THANK YOU to The Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden for inviting me to spend the day there with some friends. What an amazingly luxurious day we had. So lovely to be right in the heart of busy London and yet reclining on sun loungers or swimming in their famous pool or having a treatment. It's like a rabbit warren when you get in there - all under the streets of London are rooms filled with hidden treasures. Here are my two friends on arrival - literally round the corner from Covent Garden tube or a five minute walk from Leicester Square:- The spa first opened its doors in 1977 and was created by a US Choreographer as a gift of love to his ballerina wife and it soon became a magical retreat for the dancers of the Royal Ballet to come and relax after training. I think I first went there in the 80's and again in the 90's and not much has changed. Here is the main relaxation area:- This is me on the swing:- (not really). It's most definitely something you should do for a day with girlfriends - so relaxing and rejuvenating. For the last 35 years they have continued offering their facilities to women whilst allowing them to enjoy precious time together with friends and family. Sanctuary Spa is a fun place for enjoyment, whether you’re indulging in a glass of bubbly while lounging by the serene Koi Carp pools, applying a Moroccan mud mask or feeling aches and pains dissolve under the skilled fingers of their therapists.
Oxfam have asked me to host this photo exhibition - I am delighted to do so - especially as it highlights the fact that there are many women around the world who don't have the same facilities as we do whilst giving birth. It puts our whale music and birth plans and choices to shame. Check out the photo of her overnight bag to get the full difference.... Please pass this post on and make a difference. BIRTH RIGHTS. THE CAMPAIGN FACTS. Pregnant women in Ghana are now entitled to free health care. This is a huge step forward, but too many women are still dying because they lack access to qualified care. We need urgent investment to help save lives. Oxfam have asked me to host a photo exhibition of a woman who gave birth in Ghana recently. She was fortunate enough to benefit from the government’s new free health care policy, but many women – especially in remote, rural areas – are still missing out. Ghana has a 25 million population and according to Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times "is one of the most stable democratic countries in Africa; but its huge potential remains unrealised. He asks, "now that it has discovered oil, will it assume some Nigerian swagger?". At least, the government will have increased funds to invest in free health care for all their citizens. What’s happening? Every week, around 75 women in Ghana die because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths are completely preventable. Why are women dying? ► There aren’t enough qualified health workers. ► Health facilities are often far from women’s homes. ► Pregnant women don’t know they can get free care. ► Poorer communities rely on traditional, often unqualified, care. What needs to be done? ► The government in Ghana needs to invest more to improve and expand government health services and increase the number of health workers, so more women receive good-quality, free health care, especially in rural areas. ► The UK government needs to fulfil its commitment to give 0.7% of its income to overseas aid, so that Ghana and other poor countries can invest in free maternal health care – and save women. SELINA Selina Fletcher, 30, prepares to go to the labour ward of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana’s premier health care facility. In Ghana, Selina is one of the lucky ones – many pregnant women here still do not get the quality, free health care they are entitled to:- Selina’s overnight bag. In Ghana, many patients are required to bring their own disinfectant, bed sheet, hair net and cloths. Selina didn’t bring these items with her, and was told to buy them as soon as she arrived. The policy of free health care for pregnant women in Ghana was a big step forward, but these extra costs are still unaffordable for many. Selina is taken to the labour ward through the busy waiting area of Korle Bu Hospital, Accra. As Selina’s contractions intensify, the midwife examines her using the basic equipment available. Further investment is needed to train more health workers and provide modern equipment and medicines, so more women can survive childbirth. After five hours in labour, Selina gives birth to a girl. A midwife is there throughout delivery and helps to clean the baby. Across Ghana, nearly half of all women give birth without assistance from a qualified health worker. Savina, named after her Grandmother, opens her eyes for the first time. HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS??? Selina and her baby girl Savina take rest in a ‘lying-in’ ward. Around 35 hours after giving birth, Selina (far right) leaves the hospital with her friends and family:- Selina’s friend Sarah (left) helps her to settle in at home after the taxi ride from the city:- Selina’s two sons meet their baby sister for the first time:- Selina is fortunate to have benefited from Ghana’s free health care policy, but not all women are as lucky. Not all women here are aware of their right to free care, a situation made worse by low levels of literacy and limited education on health-related issues.
Can it really be true that a quarter of women in America are on some sort of regular “psychiatric medication?”. A QUARTER OF THE FEMALE POPULATION??? A report from MedCo published last week notes that 25% of US women take […]