The Court of Appeal is to decide in a test case whether a pregnant woman committed "a crime of violence" against her child when she drank alcohol to excess while pregnant.
Lawyers for child "CP", who cannot be named for legal reasons, are asking three judges to rule the seven-year-old is entitled to compensation as a victim of violent crime after being born with an alcohol-related disorder.
If the appeal succeeds, it could pave the way for pregnant women's behaviour to be criminalised, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and Birthrights.
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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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 five fathers avoids being in the delivery room when their baby is born, according to a new poll of around 500 parents.
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..
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.
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.
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.'"
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.