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New - Tax Free Lump Sum for Pregnant Women

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From April 2009, you can claim a one-off, tax-free payment from H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) if you're a mum-to-be who's at least 25 weeks pregnant. The payment is called 'Health in Pregnancy Grant' and is to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.

Antenatal Classes

When you become pregnant there is so much to learn and so much to prepare for. And of course, when your baby arrives, it doesn't stop there

Bliss Reports NeoNatal Units are Overstretched

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Every six minutes a baby is born in the UK who needs specialist hospital care yet our neonatal services are overstretched and understaffed, says a report published today by special care baby charity Bliss.

Maternity Jeans Buying Guide

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Jeans are clearly a staple in any wardrobe and that shouldn't change because you are pregnant, but maternity jeans come in many shapes and styles. So we have developed a brief guide to help pregnant ladies choose the perfect pair

New Blood Test for Downs Syndrome

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have developed a new prenatal blood test that accurately detected Down syndrome and two other serious chromosomal defects in a small study of 18 pregnant women. If confirmed in larger trials, they say, the test would offer a safer and faster alternative to invasive prenatal tests such as amniocentesis that pose a small risk of miscarriage.

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