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Drinking while pregnant case 'about rights of unborn child'

A court case being heard today on criminal injuries compensation, for a child whose mother drank during pregnancy, could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women's behaviour two leading women's charities are warning.

Neil Sugarman, the lawyer representing the unnamed council, told ITV's Good Morning Britain programme that the case wasn't about the "criminalisation" of women, but the rights of the unborn child.

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Dads 'want to share experience of birth with partner'

Fathers are more likely to be in the delivery room for their child's birth today partly because of the increase in family planning in recent decades, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas).

"Comprehensive family planning services mean couples today are able to make decisions about the timing and size of their families, and become parents together through choice, not by accident," said Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at charity bpas.

"Far from feeling forced into the delivery suite, dads want to be there to share the experience and support their partner," she added.

'One in 20 fathers' avoids being present for child's birth

One in five fathers avoids being in the delivery room when their baby is born, according to a new poll of around 500 parents.

The vast majority of fathers now attend their child's birth. Credit: Daniel Karmann/DPA/Press Association Images

However the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) said the number of fathers who help their parters through labour had risen "dramatically" since the 1960s.

In 1960, only one in ten fathers was in the delivery room, compared to 95% today..

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Aspirin 'may hold key to preventing miscarriages'

Blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin could hold the key to treating a faulty gene that triggers repeated miscarriages.

According to The Telegraph, one in four pregnancies ends in a woman miscarrying and doctors now believe the recurring problem may owe more to a genetic defect than to fertility complications.

Doctors have found that a faulty gene can trigger miscarriages Credit: PA

The fault causes improper blood clotting and can be treated with blood thinners such as aspirin and heparin.

The gene, known as C4/M2, was present in 44% of Care Fertility patients, a private provider of IVF treatment, compared with just 15% of the general population.

Having children later is 'definitely more common'

A mother who conceived by accident said having children later in life was "definitely more common" than most people thought.

Cheryl Millar, 43, told Good Morning Britain of her shock when she fell pregnant with her daughter Grace eight months into the relationship with her partner.

"Because of my age I automatically thought, 'Oh everything will be OK. I probably won't get pregnant.'"

1/4 of 40+ women 'fell pregnant in first month of trying'

Some 23.6% of women over the age of 40 managed to conceive in the first month of trying for a baby, a fertility and pregnancy survey has found.

According to Netmums:

  • A further 19% fell pregnant after three months of trying.
  • Over half (53.9%) were with child after six months.
  • Fertility experts have warned women fertility plunges after the age of 35, but of the 3,151 women quizzed by Netmums, 70% said they disagreed.

More 40+ women than teens 'have surprise pregnancy'

More women over the age of 40 are having unplanned pregnancy than teenagers, a poll from a parenting website has said.

More women over 40 are having unplanned pregnancies than teenage girls, Netmums said. Credit: PA

The Netmums Getting Pregnant Report found one in five of the women over the age of 40 it spoke to said their pregnancy was a surprise.

However, of the 3,151 women quizzed by Netmums, only 8% said they had an unplanned baby as a teenager or in their 20s.

The parenting website pointed to the belief fertility "fell off a cliff" at 35, leading women to become less vigilant with contraception.

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