About us

Pregnant women and new mothers are facing a tough time in the recession. Maternity benefits have been cut or means tested. Public criticism of maternity rights has given employers the confidence to treat women badly. The laws which should protect women’s jobs are being flouted. Changing maternity leave arrangements may put pressure on women to return to work early. Funding cuts are reducing services for mothers and babies at time when the number of births is growing.

We need the Government to champion pregnant women and new mothers, not make life more difficult. Don’t introduce a new maternity and parental leave scheme which reduces rights for women, reduces family incomes and which few fathers will take-up. Start pulling employers into line when they do the wrong thing by pregnant women and new mothers. Stop cuts to NHS maternity services and services for families. The need for support is growing not shrinking.
Pregnant women and new mothers are carrying the burden of the recession. That’s not right. It is time we started valuing maternity.

We are calling for:

  • Job security for all women during pregnancy and maternity
  • Maternity and parental leave that promotes real equality
  • Services to support a safe and healthy pregnancy

You can read coverage of the campaign below:

The Guardian | ‘Half the mothers I know have been driven from their jobs’ | 08.08.13

Mumsnet Guest Blog | Maternity leave: time for action on unfair redundancies | 16.04.13

Al Jazeera | Workplace pregnancy discrimination on rise | 15.03.13

Welfare Society Territory | Stop discriminating women in maternity leave! | 11.03.13

Daily Mail | One in seven women made redundant after maternity leave amid growing discrimination | 10.03.13

Express | Women ‘suffer over maternity leave’ | 10.03.13

The Guardian | One in seven women are made redundant after maternity leave | 09.03.13

Messenger | MP speaks out for new mothers | 01.11.12

Women’s Views on News | Valuing Maternity: a guide to women’s rights | 04.10.12

Unions21 | Mel Stride MP – Out of Step? | 29.09.12

Left Foot Forward | Austerity policies have increased the pressure on midwives | 22.08.12

Women’s Views on News | We should be valuing pregnant women and new mothers, not sacking them | 17.08.12

National Union of Journalists | Valuing Maternity Campaign | 01.08.12

Huffington Post Blog | Demythologizing the Pregnant Worker | 27.07.12

New Statesman | If the coalition is committed to families, why are maternity services being cut? | 24.07.12

False Economy | How cuts to maternity services are threatening health and care | 20.07.12

midirs | Midwives welcome Maternity Action’s Valuing Maternity Campaign | 13.07.12

Royal Collage of Midwives | Midwives welcome Maternity Action’s Valuing Maternity Campaign | 12.07.12

Morning Star | Unite stands up for maternity rights | 12.07.12

Unite | Protecting ‘mums to be’ is a top priority for Unite | 12.07.12

The Guardian CIF – Zoe Williams | Maternity leave is a women’s issue? Don’t buy that line | 11.07.12

TouchStone | Pressure to start Valuing Maternity | 09.07.12

NAPO | Valuing Maternity | 07.08.12

The Justice Gap | Don’t (maternity) leave me this way! | 06.07.12

Bliss | Valuing maternity campaign launched | 04.07.12

Fawcett Society | Reforming the parental leave system

NASUWT | NASUWT supports maternity campaign


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Maternity Action
52-54 Featherstone Street


Charity no. 1128776
Company no. 647856