A WOMAN who was repeatedly raped throughout her pregnancy by her boyfriend says he “didn’t think he had done anything wrong”. Maria Smith, 32, from Lancashire, was attacked by vile Darren Charles Belton, now 48, whle expecting their first child in 2017. He would abuse her multiple times a week and threatened to “kick the baby out of her” if she told anyone what he was doing. Terrified Maria kept quiet, being abused “near enough every day”. Belton was jailed for a string of offences against Maria in February. Maria, a stay-at-home mum, has shared her story in a bid to help other domestic violence victims. She told Fabulous Digital: “I felt trapped throughout our relationship. Darren was the father of my child and should have looked after me. Instead he viciously attacked me. “I’ll tell my daughter about her dad though. I’ve no choice. She deserves to know. I’d never lie to her about anything and I’m … [Read more...] about My boyfriend raped me dozens of times when I was pregnant and threatened to ‘kick our baby out’ of me
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Teenager Jackie Foley was told to sign a consent form under a fictitious name in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home. Her son was adopted and given a bogus name. Nearly half a century later, her treatment at the hands of State agencies has been as cold-hearted as that of the nuns, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.JACKIE Foley was just 16 years old in 1974 when she signed a consent form in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home form to have her son adopted. She didn’t sign her own name.Instead, under instruction from a nun, and in the presence of a solicitor and her mother, she was forced to write a different name — Micheline Power* — a woman who does not exist.As a result, all of the documentation that followed in the wake of this act was deliberately falsified.In the furore surrounding the recent discovery of 126 cases of illegal birth registrations among St Patrick’s Guild’s records, the line pushed by the State is that all illegal registrations involved a … [Read more...] about Special Report: Women forced to give up babies for adoption still failed by State bodies
Jasmine Ball was barely five months pregnant with twins when the labor pains jolted through her lower body. Rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her that her cervix had dilated completely. There was nothing they could do to stop the babies from coming. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Ball, a San Francisco native. “I was in shock.” Weighing 1lb each, Da’Mya was born first and survived for one hour. Ja’Mya was a stillborn. “Da’Mya was just waiting for her little sister to come out before she died,” said Ball, who was 20 at the time. Her nightmare didn’t stop there. As she held her daughters’ bodies in her arms, a white man entered the delivery room. He could have been a pediatrician or a grief counselor – Ball isn’t sure because he never introduced himself. “He said to me ‘But you’re really young, you can have more kids,’” said Ball. “Like I had just lost an … [Read more...] about Why are so many of San Francisco’s black mothers and babies dying?
UNDERSTANDABLY a lot of mothers-to-be get nervous about the idea of exercising during their pregnancy. But when you think about it, nine months is a long time to avoid the gym... here's everything you need to know about keeping your unborn baby safe while exercising. Can I exercise during my pregnancy? Yes you can absolutely exercise throughout your pregnancy and the NHS website even advises expectant mothers stay active. Not only does regular exercise help your body get back in shape after your baby is born, it also helps you cope with the physical stresses of labour. There is even evidence pointing to more active mothers-to-be experiencing less problems later on during their pregnancy and in the weeks leading up to labour. The NHS recommends keeping up your normal form of exercise (whether that is running, yoga, or swimming) for as long as it feels comfortable and manageable. What types of exercise are safe? It's really important to note that if you weren't particularly active before … [Read more...] about Can I exercise during pregnancy, what types of exercise are safe and is there any risk of miscarriage?
ONE in every 100 Brits are affected by epilepsy – and over half a million people in the UK have been diagnosed. Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now called for a review of the epilepsy drug sodium valproate, in light of campaigns against the medication. Here's what you need to know. What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a condition of the brain which can disrupt the electrical communication between neurons in the nervous system. This often leads to seizures, a sudden event that can change a person’s awareness, behaviour or feeling. The condition is typically diagnosed when a person has two or more unprovoked fits separated by at least 24 hours. Epilepsy can begin at any age, but it tends to affect people either in early childhood or who are older than 60. What causes epilepsy? A number of different triggers can cause epilepsy. These can be human factors, including sleep deprivation, alcohol or drug abuse or not eating well. Stress, hormonal changes or the use of certain medications … [Read more...] about What is epilepsy, what medication is available, what are the symptoms and why has Theresa May asked for an epilepsy drug review?