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Bump to Birthday, pregnancy & first year journal

Bump to Birthday, pregnancy & first year journal | Memory book for new baby

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Bump to Birthday is an award-winning pregnancy and first year journal/diary to help you hold onto memories of the growing bump, the birth and the first year with your baby.

The anticipation of the arrival of your new bundle and the rapid changes you are experiencing make pregnancy and birth a very special time.

It’s lovely to record those feelings and changes, especially as once you become busy with your new baby it’s hard to imagine what life was like before.

Bump to Birthday is a wonderful companion to help you record thoughts and memories along the way, from discovering you are pregnant, right through to your child’s first birthday.

  • Careful prompts and spaces for recording key milestones
  • Week-by-week helpful facts about your growing bump
  • Prompts to help you capture memories of the birthing experience
  • Pages dedicated to your special moments with the new baby including precious firsts like first smile, first Christmas, and first birthday.
  • Spaces for scans and photos
  • Full colour with gorgeous hand drawn illustrations.

Bump to Birthday is a wonderful and unique gift for a pregnancy celebration or for a newborn. You can pair it up with Our Story or Dear Baby to create a lovely gift set.

You can also personalise this journal and tailor it just for you or your loved one.

A unique baby gift

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This journal is hardback, case-bound with a coordinated ribbon marker, size 242mm x 172mm with 160 full colour pages using 140gsm uncoated paper. The paper used is manufactured from pulp sourced from forests that are legally and sustainably managed.

Designed in the UK.

Awards & Publicity


Best Gift Book

Bump to Birthday has won many accolades from the publishing profession and parents. It scooped Gold in the Independent Publishers’ 2014 Best Gift Book category (IPPY) as well as Gold in the Loved by Parents awards.

It has reached Number 2 best-selling maternity book in the UK and was the most ‘wished for’ pregnancy book in 2014.



During the pregnancy a little bird tends her nest and provides week-by-week information on the developing bump as well as providing prompts to enable parents to tell their own remarkable story and record unique, unrepeatable experiences.

The pregnancy journey, hopes and dreams, the birthing experience and all the special moments with the new baby. Over the child’s first year the little bird cares for her chick as this journal helps parents to capture all those firsts, from first movements to first smile, first Christmas to first birthday.

With spaces for photos and scan pictures, it will all be treasured forever in one beautiful journal. Bump to Birthday makes the perfect gift for each and every child.

Any order for items kept in stock will be dispatched within 48 hours (Monday to Friday), although we do aim to get them out on the same day where possible. The majority of UK shipments are sent by a tracked UPS delivery service.

If your delivery is being sent outside of the UK, this will be sent by a non-tracked Royal Mail service.

Any order for items that are printed especially for you, take five working days to be created, printed and bound before they are shipped using a tracked UPS delivery service (UK only) or a 1st Class Royal Mail service (delivery outside the UK).

If you are purchasing a personalised item for a specific event, please allow sufficient time for your item to be created, printed, bound and delivered to your chosen destination.

If you have ordered a stock plus an item that is printed especially for you, please note these are shipped separately so you will receive two parcels.

We aim to keep our delivery charges as low as possible. Full pricing information on ordering more than one item or for delivery outside the UK can be found in the Delivery & Returns section.


The Best Pregnancy Journals of 2021 for Moms-To-Be

Keeping a pregnancy journal is a helpful way to recall the uniqueness of each pregnancy and birth if you have more than one child. It also is a place to contain all your thoughts, memories, reflections, struggle, and more, which are worth remembering but easily forgotten if not written down. So which pregnancy journal is right for you?

Best Overall Pregnancy Journal:

Best Weekly Pregnancy Journal:

Best Baby Bump Journal:

Best Pregnancy Keepsake Book:

Best Simple Pregnancy Journal:

Best Modern Pregnancy Journal:

Best Pregnancy Journals

The Promptly Childhood History Journal is a journal to chronicle your child’s life from pregnancy until age 18, while the Expecting You — A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal is a month by month look at your pregnancy journey.   

Childhood History Journal




If you’re looking to capture all the things about your child’s life in one book, the Childhood History Journal is the one for you!

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Starting from pregnancy and going through age 18, this book has writing prompts and 254 pages to fill up over the years. Choose from 6 different colored journals.

As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby




The As You Grow: Modern Memory Book for Baby redefines what a baby book should look like.

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Its gender-neutral appeal is a perfect gift for parents who are waiting to find out if they’re having a boy or girl. You can jot down memories of your little one starting from pregnancy all the way through age 5. 

Expecting You: A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal

Expecting You is lightweight, modern-looking and chock full of writing space. It’s easy to take along in your purse, so you can catch up while you’re at that doctor’s appointment.

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If you’d like your pregnancy journal to focus on words, not photos, then this one’s a keeper. Note that this book tracks progress month-to-month, not weekly or day-to-day as some others do.   

Pearhead Pregnancy Journal  




The Pearhead Pregnancy Journal will not ask you for facts and figures about your pregnancy and it may not be well-suited for the dedicated, long-winded writer.

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This black, gold, and white hardcover memory journal contains seven pocket pages for holding keepsakes and pictures along with journaling pages for everything else you’d like to record.  Slightly more expensive per page than the others, this unisex journal may be a perfect fit if your desire is to collect photos rather than words.  

KeaBabies Baby First 5 Years Memory Book Journal

The Baby First 5 Years Memory Book Journal comes in either a SeaWorld theme or Wonderland theme.

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Unlike many pregnancy and baby journals, this journal captures photographs and memories in a story-like way, so you can read to your little one when they get older and tell them the story of their life.

Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting  

There aren’t many pregnancy journals out there that include devotionals and prompts to write letters to your little one. If you are looking for simple writing space for pregnancy progress and photos, Waiting in Wonder isn’t that type.

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But for the right person, this high-quality, gift-worthy volume offers a spiritual focus and encouraging scripture verses. The journal’s 400 pages and low price makes it the best value of the bunch.


When We Became Three: A Memory Book for the Modern Family

When We Became Three includes a rare focus on the love that made baby possible – mommy and daddy.  If you want your baby to know the love story before the birth story, there’s a place to record that here. This journal is not a comprehensive, scrapbook-type book, but its pages are ideal for those who want to chronicle things in a simple, family-centered way. 

Best Weekly Pregnancy Journals

Bump to Birthday




Bump to Birthday moves through your pregnancy at a weekly pace and contains both prompts and room for your own thoughts. There is space for logging details about your baby’s growth and spots to add photos.  

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This award winner and international bestseller continue with the journal pages all the way up to your baby’s first birthday. However, it doesn’t start the pages for recording until the 9th week of pregnancy, which is right about when the morning sickness is in full swing. 

The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly 




The Belly Book is a sturdy, spiral-bound journal that tracks the growth of your baby while leaving you space to finish the questions and thought prompts.  With handy organizing tabs, coloring pages, and space for regular belly bump photos, it’s a repeat favorite for some parents. But not everyone needs that many belly shots, especially during their first trimester, you say. This is true, but perhaps you can fill in those pages with anything else that will follow you on your nine-month journey. 

The Nine Pregnancy Countdown Journal




Featuring a fresh, gender-neutral design, The Nine Pregnancy Countdown Journal contains easy, weekly writing prompts — great for that quickie journal entry. If you are a prolific writer, you may feel the lack of extra writing space. This journal has a modern, edgy style and contains some questions you may not want to answer and share publicly, such as What’s up with my sex life? This pregnancy journal was created by a husband/wife team. 

40ish Weeks: A Pregnancy Journal


40ish Weeks has lots of space for writing, so if long-form writing is your thing, you won’t feel penned in.   If quick notations suit you better, you may drown in its bounty of blank pages. Or, use those extra pages at your baby shower for guests to write helpful advice. Or keep track of all your favorite baby names.

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It also offers prompts and blanks for weekly pregnancy updates. This journal is popular and liked for its whimsical and “not-too-girly” style.  

The Best Pregnancy Journals Compared

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One Mom Wishes…

An experienced mom records why she wishes she’d had kept a pregnancy journal.

“If I would have written in a pregnancy journal, I would have…”

  • been motivated to treat both of my pregnancies more equally.
  • had a systematic collection of my feelings during my pregnancy.
  • been more present.
  • had a priceless gift for my ancestors.
  • collected a list of all the helpful resources.
  • checked off the tasks I needed to do every trimester.

Getting Started 

Pregnancy may be one of the most unique and amazing journeys you will ever experience. Taking some regular time to record it every day or two will give you a keepsake of memories to enjoy and share with your child.


  • Try to find the right day, time, and place for a time of peaceful reflection or meditation. Take a deep breath, exhale and consider what has happened and how you feel before you start putting pen to paper.
  • Interview other moms, collecting and recording their advice.
  • Gather scrapbook memories (like photos, receipts, and ticket stubs) that will help you remember how you lived life throughout this nine-month journey.


  • Jot down thoughts and hopes you have for your little one.
  • Share your dreams, because pregnancy often gives women vivid, strange dreams.
  • Track physical changes as your baby grows. 


  • Record things by making lists, such as: Which foods do you crave? Which ones do you hate right now?
  • List ways pregnancy has changed your views of life, love, self, and others.
  • Create a list of people that have encouraged, helped, and affirmed you on this journey.

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FAQs for Pregnancy Journals

What is a pregnancy journal?

A pregnancy journal is a notebook or scrapbook that holds all the details about your pregnancy. Some journals include space to record memories after the baby is born, too.

What should I write in a pregnancy journal?

Popular things people like to include in pregnancy journals are prenatal doctor appointment details, how their pregnancy went, and birth stats (date of birth, weight, height). Many moms also like to include their thoughts and wishes for their baby. Some pregnancy journals work well for documenting milestones and memories after baby is born, too, such as when baby first rolled over, crawled, etc.

What’s the best way to document a pregnancy?

There’s no perfect way to document a pregnancy, so that means that you can be creative! In addition to writing down little notes and milestone dates, you can also include photographs, cards, and other significant things you want to remember and hold onto in a pregnancy journal.

What are the benefits of keeping a pregnancy journal?

Written memories last longer.

“The moment your baby is born, you will only remember about three things from your pregnancy and two of them will be heartburn,” says writer and author Geralyn Broder Murray. Your pregnancy journey can be quickly forgotten after your baby arrives — in the years to come, you’ll be glad you wrote everything down.

Journaling can be relaxing & creative. The intensity of pregnancy sometimes needs a creative outlet.  Tracking your feelings and emotions can give you a sense of control during this new experience of pregnancy. Expressive writing can ease stress and anxiety.

Recording thoughts may help you bond with the baby.

“Logging your thoughts can help you to begin developing an attachment to your baby,” says Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., a psychologist in San Francisco. And once your child is older, giving her the background can reinforce the special bond you share.

When should we tell our family we’re pregnant?

Though this, of course, is a personal choice, most people choose to wait until they’ve met with their obstetrician. Some wait longer, until the end of the first trimester or later, when the risk of miscarriage is reduced. This allows privacy if desired, surrounding the possible loss of the pregnancy.

Some may wait until they know the sex of the child. Sharing this news of pregnancy should be a happy event, but if, for some reason, you need time, privacy, or independence in the matters of your pregnancy, do yourself a favor, and wait until you are

Do I need a pregnancy journal?

A pregnancy journal, as such, is not a need; but you might want to have at least a notepad or small notebook in which to keep important information about appointments, names and telephone numbers of an obstetrician or other caregivers, prescribed medications/supplements/exercise, and any unusual symptoms.

You may also want to record information about the times you first learned you were expecting, felt your baby move, shared the good news with your parents, learned the baby’s sex, selected a name, any baby showers, etc. If you are researching pediatricians or child care for your baby after birth, you might also include this information. A pregnancy journal may provide space for all this information; storage for photos/ultrasounds, cards, etc.; and space for thoughts, reflections, hopes, and prayers.

Do I need both a pregnancy journal

and a baby book?

Not necessarily. There are journals and baby books that cover ranges all the way from pregnancy or baby’s first year only, to pregnancy through age 18. Too, there are some books that encourage longer entries while others expect only very short, regular entries. So, think ahead a little bit and decide which kind of book(s) might be best for you.

Partner Experiences of “Near-Miss” Events in Pregnancy and Childbirth in the UK: A Qualitative Study



Severe life-threatening complications in pregnancy that require urgent medical intervention are commonly known as “near-miss” events. Although these complications are rare (1 in 100 births), there are potentially 8,000 women and their families in the UK each year who live through a life-threatening emergency and its aftermath. Near-miss obstetric emergencies can be traumatic and frightening for women, and their impact can last for years. There is little research that has explored how these events impact on partners. The objective of this interview study was to explore the impact of a near-miss obstetric emergency, focusing particularly on partners.


Qualitative study based on narrative interviews, video and audio recorded and transcribed for analysis. A qualitative interpretative approach was taken, combining thematic analysis with constant comparison. The analysis presented here focuses on the experiences of partners.


Maximum variation sample included 35 women, 10 male partners, and one lesbian partner who had experienced a life-threatening obstetric emergency.


Interviews were conducted in participants’ own homes.


In the hospital, partner experiences were characterized by powerlessness and exclusion. Partners often found witnessing the emergency shocking and distressing. Support (from family or staff) was very important, and clear, honest communication from medical staff highly valued. The long-term emotional effects for some were profound; some experienced depression, flashbacks and post-traumatic stress disorder months and years after the emergency.

These, in turn, affected the whole family. Little support was felt to be available, nor acknowledgement of their ongoing distress.


Partners, as well as women giving birth, can be shocked to experience a life-threatening illness in childbirth. While medical staff may view a near-miss as a positive outcome for a woman and her baby, there can be long-term mental health consequences that can have profound impacts on the individual, but also their families.

Citation: Hinton L, Locock L, Knight M (2014) Partner Experiences of “Near-Miss” Events in Pregnancy and Childbirth in the UK: A Qualitative Study. PLoS ONE 9(4): e91735.

Editor: Fiona Harris, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

Received: September 30, 2013; Accepted: February 14, 2014;

Published: April 9, 2014

Copyright: © 2014 Hinton et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Funding: This article presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the “Beyond maternal death: Improving the quality of maternity care through national studies of ‘near-miss’ maternal morbidity” programme (Programme Grant RP-PG-0608-10038). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


Severe life-threatening obstetric complications, are commonly known as “near-miss” events. Women experiencing these complications require urgent life-saving medical intervention [1]–[3]. The causes of these “near-miss” events are varied but include pre-eclampsia, haemorrhage, thrombosis and sepsis and may in some cases require an emergency hysterectomy or preterm delivery. Estimates suggest that for every 100 women giving birth in England, one will have a near-miss event, and that for every maternal death there are 100 near-misses [4]. Potentially 8,000 women and their families in the UK each year have to cope with a life-threatening emergency and its aftermath. Some women experience birth trauma that can have long lasting consequences [5]–[8]. Recent studies of near-misses from around the world [9]–[12]have drawn attention to the potential for long-term psychological and emotional impact of maternal morbidities. Women experience fear, frustration, disempowerment and shock during the immediate emergency, and symptoms of anxiety, alienation and flashbacks in the aftermath.

However, there is very little work that explores the fathers’ or partners’ experiences of traumatic birth associated with near-miss events. In the UK 98% of male partners attend the birth of their babies [13], [14] however they may still feel excluded at certain points, even though physically present [15], [16]. While most find the moment of birth exciting and wonderful, many feel helpless and distressed to see their partners in pain during labour. They often fail to live up to their own expectations, and are confused about their role[16]–[21]. The sparse literature on partner’s fears during childbirth found fear of their partner dying in childbirth was common [22], [23]. The risk of depression or PTSD in partners after traumatic childbirth is under-researched [24], [25].

There is very little evidence on the effects on partners of witnessing severe pregnancy complications. Snowdon et al. in a study of severe postpartum haemorrhage found male partners appreciated that they were only witnesses in an emergency but felt forgotten and undermined by the lack of communication [9]. They were rendered passive observers, powerless to help. Their findings echo work on male partners experiences of other aspects of pregnancy and childbirth [26], [27].

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of a near-miss obstetric emergency, focusing particularly on partners, drawing on qualitative interviews with both women and partners who experienced a near-miss event in childbirth in the UK as part of the National Maternal Near-miss surveillance programme (UKNeS).


Ethics Statement

Ethics committee approval was given for this study by the Berkshire Ethics Committee, 09/H0505/66. All participants gave informed consent before taking part and have given written consent to their interview data being included in publications.

In 2010–2012, with ethics approval, we invited women to take part in a study of experiences of near-miss maternal morbidity (life-threatening complication in pregnancy and childbirth). We also asked the women’s partners (fathers and one lesbian partner) to take part.

The Sample

We aimed for a maximum variation sample [28], [29] of women living in the United Kingdom who had experienced a near-miss event in childbirth, defined as “severe maternal illnesses which, without urgent medical attention, would lead to a mother’s death” [1]. We aimed to cover a wide range of conditions in our sample, based on the five principal causes of direct maternal deaths identified in the three most recent maternal death enquiry reports; thrombosis and thromboembolism, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, haemorrhage, amniotic fluid embolism, and sepsis (see Table 1) [30]. Our sample included 35 women, 10 male and one lesbian partner (see Table 2). We sought to interview those who had experienced their near-miss recently (e.g. 14 weeks) and those who were reflecting back on near-misses experienced several years previously.

Recruitment packs were distributed through a number of routes to ensure a wide, varied sample. Routes included support groups, the National Childbirth Trust, social network forums (Mumsnet and Netmums), newspaper advertisement, intensive care clinicians contacted through the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC), an advertisement in the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) newsletter, and word of mouth. To try and reach a wider ethnic minority population, we had the recruitment packs translated into Bengali and distributed through a consultant in an east London hospital.

We did not interview all those who volunteered, but sought to ensure that we included a representative range of conditions and times since the event, as we were keen to understand the longer-term effects of a near-miss event. Our sample included broad socio-economic diversity.

One of the authors (LH) interviewed participants in the setting of their choice (usually their home) for between one and three hours. Having signed a consent form, participants were asked about their or their partner’s experiences of pregnancy and life-threatening illness. The interview started with an open ended narrative section where respondents described what had happened. When the narrative was finished, a semi-structured interview guide with prompts was used to explore any relevant issues that had not already emerged, including their recovery and family life since their near-miss. The interviews were all audio or videotaped and transcribed verbatim. The option of audio or video interviews was offered to respondents to ensure compatibility with disseminating the findings from the study on the Healthtalkonline website ( Analysis was undertaken using the verbatim transcripts, not the audio or video data to allow for a single analytical technique irrespective of recording method. The transcripts were checked and then returned to the participants so they could read and modify the text if necessary. At this stage participants were asked to sign a copyright form giving us permission to use the content of their interviews on our website and in publications, research, education, lectures and broadcasting. They also signed another form indicating the name they wished us to use on the website. Several chose a pseudonym.


The data was read and re-read, a coding frame was constructed and the data coded. Emergent themes were then examined across the whole data set as well as in the context of each person’s interview. A qualitative interpretive approach was taken, combining thematic analysis with constant comparison [31], [32]. NVIVO 9 was used to facilitate the analysis [33].

The analysis presented here focused on the experiences and support needs of partners. We have included data from interviews with women, as well as their partners. Memories of near-miss events are often partial (for both the mother and her partner) because the women may be unconscious for periods of time, and their partners may not have been with them during life-saving procedures. By including data from both, we attempt to construct as complete a picture of these events as possible. Including women’s indirect accounts also gives an intimate perspective on what their partners have been through, which they might not have been willing to express themselves in an interview.


We interviewed people who had recently experienced a near-miss, and those who were looking back on experiences that took place several years previously. In presenting our findings we indicate how long after the event respondents were interviewed. While for some, their experiences did not appear to have had long lasting effects, for others the aftershocks were still rippling through the family, years later. Recall appeared to be as vivid after several years as it was after several months.

1. Experiences in Hospital

Because of the wide range of illnesses that can result in a near-miss, emergency experiences varied. While for some there was a long build up during pregnancy or labour before things started to go wrong (e.g. where the woman had a diagnosis of placenta praevia), for others the emergency developed very quickly.

Powerlessness & exclusion.

Partner experiences in hospital were often characterized by powerlessness and exclusion. Mark and his wife were rushed to hospital in an ambulance when she started bleeding. He described how he tried to remain calm. Once they arrived at the hospital, Mark felt all he could do was be passive.

All hell broke loose [….] I just watched what was going on. I had nothing to do. I was powerless, completely powerless.” (Mark, interviewed 4 years later)

Amy and Sally, lesbian partners, were both in the delivery suite when Amy started to haemorrhage. Sally was asked to leave the room. She was left alone while the emergency was being managed, and was not given an explanation as to why she needed to leave.

I didn’t have a clue what was going on. I didn’t know. You know, all I knew was suddenly the room was full of people. You know, absolutely rightly no one was talking to me about what was going on apart from the anaesthetist and so they said, “Perhaps you should leave.”

[um] And of course, I think whilst they say that that’s probably the right thing for me to do, but of course I was starting to think, well why are you asking me to leave? What the hell is going on? (Sally, interviewed one year later)

John’s partner haemorrhaged several times before doctors were forced to perform a hysterectomy to save her life. He was left for hours with no news about his wife’s condition.

They said, “Oh God, she’s bleeding again, she’s bled again.” So they took her to the other side of the room literally, to where the operating theatre was, and then that’s when I could hear [partner] saying, “Look, get him out, get him out.” I thought oh God, what’s going on? So they pushed me out the door and obviously they didn’t have time, chance to say anything. So I was sort of left wandering around the hospital for another two or three hours. (John, interviewed one year later)


Once the very immediate emergency was over, partners were often able to visit the woman’s bedside. She was often being cared for in an intensive care unit. Viewing their critically ill partner was for some a profound shock and very distressing. Sarah was taken to intensive care after she haemorrhaged. She described how shocking her husband, Rob, found the experience of seeing his wife unconscious.

He found it very hard to cope with the fact that the nurses brought him in and he had to say goodbye before they transferred me, when I was sort of in this coma. And it was a complete shock to him, he had no idea that this could happen… he was so unprepared. (Sarah, interviewed 5 years later)

Dean’s wife was in intensive care after she developed amniotic fluid embolism. At first he found it too distressing to look at her.

She was like on the bed and it looked like a hundred doctors around her and she was swollen…and I just took one look and I just come back out because I couldn’t face seeing her like that. (Dean, interviewed 2 ½ years later)

Craig’s wife was taken to intensive care for a few hours after her emergency caesarean. When he was taken in to the unit to see her he misunderstood the situation and thought she was dead.

And all going through my mind was how am I going to cope without [wife]? Because I actually thought she was dead. And they were, you know, just holding her on a life support machine until such time. Because nobody turned round and said, “Oh she’ll be okay shortly or…” And you know, and [um] [2 sec pause] I just stood there, probably for about an hour. Just stroking her hands. (Craig, interviewed 8 months later)

Contact with their baby.

Another aspect of the emergency that partners found difficult was dealing with their newborn baby. For some there was the shock of discovering that their baby was ill and needed to be in neonatal intensive care. But for others, there was the challenge of looking after their newborn while the baby’s mother was seriously ill.

Dean’s wife was in intensive care and his daughter in neonatal unit. He split his time between them.

So I was basically spending two or three hours with [daughter], back up at the hospital, back up the corridor to Intensive Care and just back and forth. (Dean, interviewed 2 ½ years later)

Partners we talked to described how hard it was being pulled in two directions – joy at the arrival of their new baby and terrible fear for the health of the mother. James’s partner had amniotic fluid embolism after their first daughter was born, and was in intensive care.

I was very aware that kind of my head was being pulled in two different directions at the same time. Because there was this kind of, I’d got this daughter, I’d also got this unconscious partner. (James, interviewed 3 years later)

James was sent home with his newborn daughter while his partner remained in hospital. It was a steep learning curve.

It was a really sudden thing because [er] they suddenly decided for [partner] to go into this isolation ward and they said, I was like, “Well what happens with [daughter]?” And they said, “Well she’ll go back down to the child thing.” And then suddenly they kind of said, [um] “No she can’t go in there.” […[they said, “You’re leaving the hospital.” (James, interviewed 3 years later)


Several participants described valuable/helpful support during the emergency from either relatives or medical staff. Simon was glad he had his mother there with him, Sarah made sure her father was with her husband during her operation, and Alison described how staff made sure her husband had someone with him. Small acts of support from medical staff made a big impact. Mike and Joanna’s baby was stillborn after she had an internal haemorrhage, and he refused to leave her side as she went through the for surgery to deliver the baby. The anaesthetist put her arm around him as he held his stillborn baby – a simple act he found very comforting.

I obviously thought I’d be coming out of there and not only having to explain to my daughter that she hasn’t got a sister, but you know, she hasn’t got a mummy as well. And the realisation of it was just immense really. [um] But as I say, the one person who took an interest there was that consultant anaesthetist. [um] You know, I just remember this one kind of scene really. This one moment where I had my arm round [wife]. Obviously [wife] was out for the count, and I was holding my daughter, and I was just, you know, a mess basically and it was the anaesthetist who actually put her arm round me and she was stroking [wife’s] hair as well. (Mike, interviewed one year later)


How well staff communicated during or after the emergency was very important. Michael, whose wife developed HELLP syndrome, a rare liver and blood clotting disorder (the letters stand for each part of the condition, ‘H’ haemolysis, ‘EL’ elevated platlets, ‘LP’ low platelet count). He felt the communication from doctors during the emergency was very good, if overwhelming.

I think they did a wonderful job of trying to explain it in a way that a medical dummy like me could sort of understand things. (Michael, interviewed 11 weeks later)

But other partners we talked to did not feel the communication was good at all. John felt he was not listened to during the early stages of his partner’s emergency, “a second class citizen”, and was left for three or four hours in the blood stained delivery suite before anyone came back to give him news. When Hannah developed complications after the birth of their daughter, her husband, Simon, was left waiting without any news. He twice walked up to the surgery doors and was told to go away.

I think that was just a horrible experience for him. He didn’t know anything, he thought I had died. (Hannah, interviewed 2 ½ years later)

While people appreciated it is difficult for staff to communicate when dealing with the emergency of saving the woman’s life, when they did communicate with the partner it made a welcome difference.

I remember it being kind of you know, very vague medical speak, and I actually had to say at the end, “So there’s a chance she won’t make it?” I think I just wanted a meat and potatoes kind of conversation. I didn’t want some fancy words. (James, interviewed 3 years later)

2. Father’s/Partner’s Emotional Recovery

Some partners told us it took time to recover from witnessing their partner’s life-threatening emergency. Craig’s wife was in intensive care after delivering their twins. He was interviewed eight months later and said the experience was hard to put behind them.

I’d like to believe that we’ve put it behind us, but we still talk about it, so we haven’t quite put it behind us. It still manifests itself sometimes. (Craig, interviewed 8 months later)

Mark’s wife was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and had an emergency caesarean after a placental abruption. He has not felt traumatised by what he witnessed, but feels doctors could have taken a few minutes to explain to him what had happened and made sure that he was coping.

Afterwards I thought, there was space there, to actually involve me a bit more in what was going on, and it wouldn’t have taken too much effort, given that they were all ready and able to dash in and you know, eight or ten of them there, at the crash, to keep one of them behind for a few minutes, just to make sure that I wasn’t less sturdy than I was. Because I’m a pretty sturdy guy, I think, I like to think I am. So I could withstand it, but someone who was quite as robust as me, might have really gone to pieces at that point, not knowing what was going on. (Mark, interviewed 4 years later)

Although the partners we spoke to were all deeply affected by their partner’s life threatening experiences, for some it has had a profound impact on their long-term health, including experiencing depression, flashbacks, a breakdown or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the months/years since the emergency. Craig described the experience of seeing his wife in intensive care after the birth of their twins.

The most stress I’ve ever been under. (Craig, interviewed 8 months later)

He had a vasectomy to make sure they do not have to go through childbirth again.

Dean’s wife had amniotic fluid embolism and was critically ill in intensive care. He tries to hide his feelings but two and a half years on still has flashbacks. Tom’s wife had a pulmonary embolism and a haemorrhage during her second pregnancy. Interviewed a year and a half later, he described a nervous breakdown that he attributes to the stress of his wife’s prolonged illness. Rob’s wife had placenta praevia and a hysterectomy with her third pregnancy. He has found his experiences of his wife’s emergency have had a huge impact on his mental health in the subsequent five years. He has flashbacks and has been diagnosed with PTSD and depression.

So I finally curled up in the corner and the kitchen and, and I’m not in the kitchen, I’m in that room [intensive care]. As I say I didn’t believe it when soldiers come back saying … And there am I in my kitchen, although I’m not. I’m… and it’s the strangest feeling to actually be stood somewhere but be somewhere else. It was just horrific, and my whole life has fell apart. (Rob, interviewed 5 years later)

Some partners who had looked for support found it hard to get acknowledgement for their distress and help for their depression or flashbacks. When Rob finally plucked up courage to go and see his GP to ask for help the response he got was devastating.

He said to me, he looked me right in the eye, and he said to me, “Mr [name],” he says. [er] “Your wife is the one that went through all the trauma, and everything else. You just need to pull yourself together and be there for your wife.” [3 sec pause] And that was it. That for me, I fell into a pit of despair from there. Because of course what am I going to come away thinking, I’m thinking, he’s right, he’s right. What is the matter with me? I’m having all these flashbacks and that. I can’t go to work, what sort of a man am I? I can’t, you know, I need to pull myself together, but equally I, I couldn’t. I, I couldn’t function. (Rob, interviewed 5 years later)

Others found dealing with their trauma very isolating, as it was hard to talk to family and friends.

I think men are quite difficult to get support from, It was a lot of my friends, you know, empathised quite a lot, but then you expect your close friends to be able to discuss it on a, more of a personal note, but it’s surprising how many of those really close friends found it too uncomfortable. (Mike, interviewed one year later)


Although clinicians are aware that childbirth can be accompanied by life threatening complications, in modern, industrialised societies childbirth is popularly regarded as safe and routine, and awareness of the dangers is low. Women and their partners are therefore shocked and surprised to experience life-saving interventions, as demonstrated by our data and other recent research [9], [10]. These events can provoke fear and anxiety and have profound long-term consequences for mothers and their partners. In hospital contexts where medical staff quite reasonably view a near-miss as a positive outcome for mother and baby, our study suggests the potential for negative outcomes for close family members, about which hospital staff may be unaware. It highlights that partners feel side-lined and fearful during the emergency, that support and communication is highly valued but often lacking, and that for some there can be long-term mental health consequences that can have profound impacts on the individual and their families.

Our study aimed to interview people who had recent experiences, and also those looking back on experiences they had several years previously. This was to explore any long term effects these life-threatening emergencies might have had and also what, if any, impact they had on subsequent family life and size. Respondents spoke of the impact their experiences had on their mental health, and future fertility. While in some cases, the narratives were of often-told stories, in other cases the narratives were the first opportunity that partners (in particular) had been offered to talk about their experiences (e.g. Dean). The narratives often gave insights into power of the trauma and its lasting effects, even if the event was several years previously. Often respondents spoke of the isolation they experienced because their experiences were so rare. Telling their stories was an opportunity to be share those experiences, and help others in future.

Our study has limitations. The data presented here is based on interviews with 11 partners and 36 mothers. As with any qualitative study aiming for a maximum variation sample, the findings are not intended to be numerically representative. By including both partners’ experiences we attempt to build as complete a picture as possible of these emergencies. The often fast-developing nature of life-threatening obstetric complications means that there were significant parts of the experience to which neither the mother nor her partner were witness. For example, the mother might not have memories of the periods of time when she was unconscious during life saving treatment. Her partner might not have been in the room for key moments. Including mother’s indirect accounts in our analysis was important because they were able to offer an intimate insight into what their partners had been through. Women may have been able to give voice to feelings that their partners have discussed with them in private but would not be willing to express in an interview, especially in the context of the difficulties some men found in finding professional acknowledgement of their emotional reactions [26].

Although some interviews were audio recorded and others video recorded, analysis of all the interviews was undertaken on the verbatim transcripts. We mainly interviewed white British people, and although there was a spread of socioeconomic background among those interviewed, there could have been additional perspectives if the study had included a broader social and ethnic diversity. While no account is static – people’s views and interpretation of their experiences are likely to change over time – we made an effort to interview individuals who were both close to the events and also those who were talking about experiences that happened several years previously.

Partners are expected to attend birth, but can feel marginalised even at uncomplicated births. Birth is life-changing and potentially traumatic and empowering for both partners [16]. Partners see themselves as more than passive supporters; they want active engagement. They struggle with balancing their own emotions and supporting the mother. They can feel vulnerable and uncertain; yet find it difficult to admit their fears. Stoicism and self-reliance do not always help [18]. Ayers et al (2006) suggest that if a mother’s psychological symptoms go unrecognized and untreated after birth trauma, depression and long-term consequences for women may result, including isolation from their circle of friends [34]. There are direct parallels in our data, where partners found it hard to find support or appropriate forums in which to discuss their feelings.

In one of the few studies that included partners’ experiences of obstetric emergencies, there are parallel themes of disempowerment and information-deprivation, involuntary separation and exclusion from partners, anxiety about their newborns and difficulties for caring for newborn while partner still in recovery [9]. Men felt forgotten. They were involved in an emergency but felt undermined by the lack of communication and the sense that their practical and emotional needs were inadequately met. Jessop and Fox [25] explored counsellors’ experiences of counselling fathers experiencing birth trauma. Fathers were often reluctant to seek help as it contradicts social expectations that birth is a female event. The data reported here adds to growing evidence that some men may experience birth trauma [24]. These results do not only have implications for supporting the mental health of partners. Fathers have a vital role in supporting women post-natally and this in turn has a longer-term impact on the health and well-being of the mother and infant[35]–[39]. Redshaw and Henderson [14] report postnatal health tends to be better for women whose partner was more involved during labour. Where fathers are more involved post-natally there are higher breastfeeding rates. International research has drawn attention to the economic burden of emergency obstetric care [40], and in a context where men have taken extra time off work, missed promotions or lost their jobs as a result of their partner’s near-miss, this study suggests there are further issues to consider in the longer term.

International and UK national policies[41]–[44] advocate and support the involvement of fathers throughout pregnancy and childbirth. While there is little research on fathers’ experiences of traumatic, life-threatening birth, there are other research areas where learning might provide useful insights into how best to support these men and their families. Research on witnessing resuscitation has led to the development of “family presence” programmes that are well-established and have provided evidence of the benefits to patients, family members and staff [45]. A study of the impact on staff of father’s presence during the resuscitation of their newborn acknowledged that a key factor in the failure to meet the emotional and support needs of fathers appeared to be that none of the professionals involved had direct responsibility to support and communicate with him [46]. Although there is guidance about supporting parents in the delivery room in the updated European and UK newborn life-support training programmes, there is no specific guidance about ways to communicate and support the father or partner. The similarity of the themes identified in our study with this work suggests a role for the development of guidance for supporting partners during and after complicated childbirth. In addition, further investigation of the potential for extension of “family presence” programmes to mitigate some of the negative effects identified in this research may be warranted.


All the partners/fathers we spoke to had been deeply affected by their partner’s life threatening experiences. For some it had a profound impact on their long-term mental health. In situations where an emergency delivery might be anticipated, such as when a woman has placenta praevia, an explanation of what might happen really helped partners prepare and cope subsequently. Staff might consider that frequent updates during the emergency help partners/fathers feel less isolated and anxious.

Our study demonstrates that (often small) personal touches of support from individual staff can make a real difference to how partners cope.

While partners may remember more about events than the woman who is ill, they still appreciate repeated explanations. Partners/fathers can find seeing their partner in high dependency or intensive care very traumatic, and may need support from staff and family members to enable them to visit their partner, understand that the situation is not hopeless and their partner may recover, and to come to terms with what has happened.

Long-term mental health problems in partners/fathers after a near-miss experience may have a big impact financially, practically and emotionally and families may need additional support in this event. They often felt that counseling could have been beneficial, if it had been offered. However, clinicians should take into account that partners/fathers who experience mental health symptoms do not necessarily seek help.


The authors are grateful to all the women and men who contributed to the study, and the reviewers’ comments on the previous version of this article.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LH LL MK. Performed the experiments: LH. Analyzed the data: LH LL MK. Wrote the paper: LH LL MK.


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UK lawmakers outraged by infant ban – The Journal

Some British politicians are demanding a change in parliamentary rules after a lawmaker was told she could not bring her 3-month-old baby into the House of Commons chamber

LONDON (AP) – Several British politicians demanded a change in parliamentary rules on Wednesday after a lawmaker was told she couldn’t bring her 3-month-old baby into the House of Commons chamber.

Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy said she had received a letter from House of Commons authorities after she took her son Pip to a debate.

She said she had previously taken both Pip and her older daughter to Parliament without problems, but had been told the rules had changed in September. Members of Parliament are now advised that they “should not take your seat in the chamber when accompanied by your child.”

Creasy said the rule undermined efforts to make politics more family-friendly.

“There are barriers to getting mums involved in politics, and I think that damages our political debate,” she told the BBC.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, a Conservative, said he has “a lot of sympathy” for Creasy, but said the decision is for the House authorities to make.

“I think we do need to make sure our profession is brought into the modern world, the 21st century, and can allow parents to juggle the jobs they do with the family time that they need.” Raab said.

Green Party lawmaker Caroline Lucas said the baby ban was “absurd.” She said babies were “far less disruptive than many braying backbenchers.”

FILE – A view of the scaffolded Elizabeth Tower, known as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament from the other side of the River Thames, in London, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Some British politicians are demanding a change in parliamentary rules after a lawmaker was told she could not bring her 3-month-old baby into the House of Commons chamber. Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy says she had received a letter from House of Commons authorities after she took her son Pip to a debate. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

How To Start A Pregnancy Journal, Advice From Women Who Treasure Theirs

Throughout the nine months of pregnancy, women will go through a rollercoaster of emotions. From the shock and surprise of finding out they’re expecting, to the potential drain of morning sickness or even the stress of trying to decide on a baby name, it can be a bit of a whirlwind.

Writing down all these memories in a pregnancy journal is a great way to preserve them, giving you something to look back on for years to come. After all, journalling has been found in numerous studies to be beneficial for your mental health.

For those who are unsure how to get started or are stuck for ideas about what to write, we spoke to women who kept one during their own pregnancies to ask all the essentials: how did you stick to it, what did you document, and do you have any tips?

Becky Connolly started her pregnancy journal from the moment she found out she was expecting.

Becky Connolly, 36, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, is mum to 14-month-old Reuben. The mum, who blogs at Becky’s Boudoir about parenting started documenting her experiences as soon as she found out she was expecting. She hadn’t written a diary before this, but thought it would be a good idea to record important dates and feelings for her to look back on. “Mine is so detailed and emotional, because I treated it like a best friend,” she says. “It’s like having a heart-to-heart that no one else gets the privilege to hear.”

For Lucie Rawlins, 38, from Bournemouth, her pregnancy journal accompanied her through both of her pregnancies with Freddie, now five, and Olly who is six months. She started her journal the minute she found out she was pregnant both times.

What diary should I use?

You can buy ready-made pregnancy journals in high-street shops (such as this one here) which you fill in under headings and answer questions, so if you like a bit of structure, these may be for you. This is what Lucie did.

She had a journal (pictured below), which includes spaces for photos and storage wallets to hold clippings, appointment cards and scans to help you to capture the key moments. There is practical advice and step-by-step explanations of what to expect each trimester, along with checklists to ensure you’ve got everything you need. There’s also space for you to write your own thoughts.

One of Lucie Rawlins’ pregnancy journals.

Becky just bought a regular notepad, so she wasn’t restricted to a small section per day of writing. She says her notepad allowed her the freedom to write whatever she wanted, for however long, on whatever day. If you’re looking for suggestions of where to buy a beautiful notebook to get you started (and keep you motivated) try Papier, Oh Deer or Paperchase.

Becky Connolly just chose a regular notepad to document her thoughts and feelings during pregnancy.

What should I document?

Becky wrote everything she felt and all the appointments she went to in her journal. She included her scans, trips to the midwife, visits to hospital, any aches, pains, mood swings and cravings, as well as what she bought for the baby. Aside from that, she wrote even when she felt like there was nothing to say. “Just fill it with your thoughts, even when you think there’s nothing to share,” Becky advises. “The most random paragraphs are the best, like what you managed to eat for dinner, or how you found getting out of the car in the supermarket carpark that day.”

An extract from Becky Connolly’s pregnancy diary.

This is very similar to what Lucie documented: “I wrote about how I was feeling each week, what I was eating, I put in there some receipts of maternity and baby clothes, scans, I wrote about my labour and the gifts I received.”

How do I keep it up?

Although the thought of keeping a pregnancy journal is a nice idea, the hardest part is keeping it up, what with all the other things you have to do while preparing for a baby. But Lucie says she didn’t find it hard to keep up, adding that pregnancy went so fast. She dedicated time to write in it each evening, just before she went to bed.

Becky also made herself write in her journal at a set time everyday, because she wanted it to be a true outlet of her feelings. “Even when I was upset I’d write in it” she explains. “It was hardest to write when I was going through a lot of morning sickness which tended to come on a lot in the evenings (as I can now look back on and remember), though I did manage to share one day at my worst when I was laid up on the sofa craving chicken supreme.”

One of Lucie Rawlins’ pregnancy journals.

Top tips on keeping a pregnancy journal:

:: “Keep the notebook by the place you sit most, or by the bed, with a pen!” – Becky

:: “Write daily so things are fresh in your mind.” – Lucie

:: “Keep it casual but remember to put how many weeks pregnant you are with the date – that’ll help keep track of where you are, and is helpful when referring back to a certain time in your pregnancy.” – Becky

:: “Write in depth as details are easily forgotten.” – Lucie

:: “Put your important phone numbers in the first page, such as the midwife, hospital and physio numbers, as that way you’ll treat it with importance and will naturally refer to it as your pregnancy book.” – Becky

:: “Keep all documents and photos during your pregnancy to stick in there.” – Lucie

An extract from Becky Connolly’s pregnancy diary.

Baby milestones | From birth to 18 months

Over the next 12 months your little one is going to learn so much and it’s going to be absolutely incredible to watch! From their first smile, to holding their head up and even their first little walk; this is going to be your greatest adventure yet!

Here, we explain what milestones you can expect from your little over the next two years, but please do keep in mind that all babies develop differently and if you’re ever concerned, you should speak to your health visitor or GP.

0-3 month baby milestones

During the first three months of your baby’s life, it’s all about sleeping, eating and of course, crying. However, during this time you can also look forward to your baby lifting their head on their own and of course smiling!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Being able to lift/control their head
  • Their first smile
  • First laugh (kinda!)
  • Their first bath (aww!)

Find out what else you can expect to see from your 3 month old baby here…

4-6 month baby milestones

During this stage you’ll begin to notice your baby’s personality coming out a lot more and they may even begin making distinct coos, giggles and squeals too!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Your baby may be able to roll over
  • Your baby may be able to sit up
  • At six months you may want to begin weaning them
  • Teething is likely to begin during this time
  • Your baby may be able to grab objects

Find out what else you can expect to see from your 6 month old baby here…

7-9 month baby milestones

Now your little one will probably be trying new foods, playing new games with you! And they are sure to be able to tell you (in some form or another) what they do and don’t like!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Your baby may begin to crawl
  • Your baby may be able to stand up
  • Your baby’s hand and finger skills will be developing
  • Your little one way babble from time to time

Find out what else you can expect to see from your 9 month old baby here…

10-12 month baby milestones

These days your baby is probably on the move! You may notice they are crawling, pulling up and even for some, walking!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Your little one way begin to talk and say their first words
  • Your baby may be able to understand words
  • It’s your baby’s first birthday!!!

Find out what else you can expect to see from your 12 month old baby here…

13-18 month baby milestones

These five months are jam-packed with lots and lots of firsts that you’ll probably spend them totally in awe of your little one as they begin to learn more and more. And if you hadn’t worked it out by now, you definitely need to baby-proof your home if you haven’t done already!

Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Your baby take their first steps
  • Your little one use a cup
  • Your baby may be able to scribble
  • Your little one can play with books

Find out what else you can expect to see from your 18 month old baby here…

19-24 month baby milestones

Wow, during this time you are going to see your little continue to grow and develop in the most amazing ways! Here are a few of the key baby milestones you can expect your little one to achieve..

  • Begin having the odd tantrum – hold onto your seats for this one!
  • Begin to jump
  • Begin to speak properly
  • Will try to copy you and the things you’re doing around the house
  • Wash their hands (with a bit of help from you)
  • Understand simple instructions
  • Begin to include other children in their play or games

Find out what else to expect from your baby as they reach 24 months old…

Common questions you may have about your baby

Here, we answer some of the most common questions you may have about your baby’s development milestones…

When do babies smile?

Although wind is often mistaken for a smile, you can expect your little one to give you a real smile by around 2 months of age.

When to babies laugh?

No doubt you can’t wait to hear the super cute sound of your baby giggling, but you’ll need to be patient as babies tend to begin laughing out loud at around 3 to 4 months old.

When do babies roll over?

Some babies can roll over from just 3 months old however, it’s more common around 4 to 6 months of age.

When do babies sit up?

Babies can begin to sit up without support around 5-6 months of age and by 8 months they should be able to sit up unaided.

When do babies crawl?

Once your baby becomes a little closer to the 8 month mark and has mastered being able to sit up without support, you can expect crawling to be the next big milestone. But remember, crawling backwards tends to come before your little one manages to crawl forward.

When do babies walk?

While the typical age to begin walking is around 12 months of age, some babies may not be ready until 20 months of age; the typical age range is eight and a half months to 20 months.

When do babies talk?

Babies tend to begin saying a few words from the age of 6 months however, for others it can be around 12 months of age when they begin to clearly say words. You can find out more about your baby’s speech development here.

Here are a few other “firsts” and topics you may find useful when trying to understand your baby’s milestones…

This is definitely more a milestone for you as a new parent, but here is everything you need to know…

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Best baby and toddler books 2021 to buy in UK

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Finding a book that both you and your baby love going back to can sometimes be challenging. Here are our top ten books for babies and toddlers to make story time even more special.


1. That’s Not My Narwhal, Fiona Watt, Usborne, £6.99

Type: Touch Book | Award: Gold – Baby and toddler book, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Babies absolutely love That’s Not My books – so much to poke, scratch at, and stroke.

The bright pictures and textures are designed to help develop sensory and language awareness.

This new narwhal addition includes some adorable sea creatures with sparkly horns, squishy tummies and textured fins.

If you like touch books, check out the Fingertrail Play Book Garden too.

Available from: Amazon, Waterstones and Usborne

2. 1-2-3 Bubba in the Sea, Water Babies Bath book, Water Babies, £5.99

Type: Bath Book

Great waterproof entertainment at bath time. Help Bubba the whale count his friends and make the noises as he spies monkeys, ducks and penguins.

“This is a bright bath book that helps to teach children to learn their numbers from 1-10 in a fun way. It has colourful illustrations which are engaging and I think using bath time to help teach children to count is a great opportunity as they are relaxed and having fun.” says our tester Rebecca.

Top tip – bath books are also a bonus out of water when you have an extra dribbly baby.

Available from: Water Babies and Amazon

3. Giraffes Can’t Dance, Giles Andreae, Hatchette Children’s Group, £6.99

Type: Board Book

A feel-good story with joyful artwork. Gerald the tall giraffe wants to join in with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance – or can they?

A funny, touching and triumphant story all about gaining confidence – it gets a big thumbs up from us.

Available from: The Book People, Blackwells and World of Books

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4. Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, Pan MacMillan, £6.99

Type: Lift the Flap Book

A wonderful lift the flap book that your baby will love making animal sounds to.

A classic story that has stood the test of time – this book was first published in 1982. It’s now been reissued as a sturdy board book, perfect for little hands.

A lovely story to keep your toddler engaged.

Available from: Blackwells and JoJo Maman Bebe

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5. Princess Polly’s Potty, Andrea Pinnington, Ladybird, £6.99

Type: Sound Book

The perfect potty training companion, this book will really help if your little one is anxious about using the potty. Even princesses have to use them!

Join Polly’s potty journey with her, and press the cheer button when she – and your own Princess Polly – uses the potty correctly.

Available from: Blackwells, World of Books and Wordery

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6. What The Ladybird Heard, Julia Donaldson, Pan Macmillan, £6.99

Type: Board Book

Witty, rhyming verses coupled with distinctive, colourful pictures. Julia Donaldson’s genius delivers another funny story.

The animals on the farm are always noisy, all except for the ladybird who never says a word. But when burglars plot to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow, it’s the quiet ladybird who comes up with the perfect way to stop their dastardly plan.

Lots of fun to read with little ones as they start making their first animal noises.

Available from: Blackwells, Waterstones and Book Depository

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7. The Squirrels Who Squabbled Board Book, Rachel Bright, Hachette Children’s Group, £6.99 

Type: Board Book

If you want to help your little one learn about sharing – this book might just help.

Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: the very last nut of the season.

As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and… right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now …

A tale about friendship and sharing. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals.

If you like Julia Donaldson, you’ll like this.

Available from: Waterstones, Wordery and The Book People

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8. Brilliant Animals of Great Britain (The Little Black and White Book Project), £7.50

A distinctive and sustainable option, this book contains beautiful black and white illustrations of 12 animals from Great Britain.

From the fox, to the barn owl, to common frogs and otters, look with your baby and help stimulate their development and inspire an early love of wildlife.

Plus, 25% of profits will go to helping animal and wildlife charities worldwide.

This book is especially good for very young babies who can only detect large contrasts in colour.

Available from: Not on the High Street and Black and White Book Project

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9. Baby’s Very First Fingertrail Play Book Garden, Fiona Watt, Usborne, £7.99

Type: Touch Book

A vibrant touch book that babies can trace their fingers along.

The illustrations are gorgeous, well thought out, and beautifully tactile.

There’s no actual story to read but it’s a real pleasure to look through with your little one.

Available from: Wordery, Amazon and World of Books

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10. The Bedtime Bear (Tom and Bear) Board book, Ian Whybrow, Pan Macmillan, £5.99

Type: Lift the flap

Bedtime isn’t bedtime without a bear and Tom’s bear is on his way. Follow bear on his adventures as he finds his way back to Tom, from cycling through the jungle with a tiger to hitching a lift with a sheep on a jeep. This fun board book features witty rhymes and silly scenarios, as well as a flap to lift on every page.

Its packed with witty rhymes and silly scenarios – and the illustrations are by Axel Scheffler of The Gruffalo.

Available from: Wordery, Abe Books and Books Please

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Humpty Dumpty: a magazine that teaches you to “chat” in Russian

Alya Vereshchetina is the founder and editor-in-chief of Humpty Dumpty magazine for children, which has been published in the UK for the second year now. And Alya herself has been living in London since 2011. She is a lawyer by education, but the appearance of her first child has made dramatic changes in her professional career. How the idea of ​​the new magazine came about, its name and how the unique content is formed, says the creator herself.

A good friend, picking up a new issue of “Humpty Dumpty”, sadly said: “Before us is the last generation that reads children’s paper magazines.”I do not share such a pessimistic view, but I understand the interlocutor’s anxiety. Hardly anyone will undertake to challenge the importance of children’s literature in the education of the younger generation, its role in the preservation and transmission of the Russian cultural heritage, especially in conditions of life outside Russia.

But if the book is still considered a universal welcome gift, then such a conductor of fiction as a children’s magazine is going through far from the best times. Against this background, the appearance in London of the first children’s literary and art magazine in Russian was perceived by some as a miracle, by others as an experiment doomed to failure.

Photo: Anna Stepanova

How did it all start?

First, the Any Beny Club appeared, within which we, a company of like-minded people, conducted music lessons for kids, offering a Russian-language alternative to numerous baby rhyme times. In order not to be amateurs and to outgrow the “amateur” game group, the organizers of the club took interesting specialized courses. For myself, I chose the direction dedicated to the development of speech and art therapy with an emphasis on the characteristics of bilingual children.

From some point on, I began to prepare all the programs myself, draw up lesson plans, which allowed me to accumulate colossal amounts of interesting materials. Such wealth could no longer fit into the limited time frame, but I wanted to share my experience.

To this it should be added that, being in direct contact with the parents of bilingual children, I recognized their desires and anxieties. Among the most frequently asked questions was: “What can you read to a child? Barto got bored, Chukovsky didn’t go. “But modern children’s literature in Russian is presented by wonderful authors! And again there was a burning desire to share information. Finally, such a personal moment. As a child, I was very fond of children’s magazines. I was subscribed to four or five magazines at the same time, and now as an adult I wanted my children to share these magazine practices.

Looking for a concept

When all the pieces came together in a single puzzle, I realized that I wanted and could publish a children’s magazine myself.It remained to figure out how much my initiative would be in demand.

Immersion in the topic showed that a real children’s magazine, in which literary content (fairy tales, poems, stories) is accompanied by live illustrations, that is, hand-drawn, and not computer or “cartoon”, is losing ground.

The main segment of children’s magazines is occupied by publications of a more applied orientation, entertainment or educational and educational. Comics based on popular cartoons, collections of assignments, puzzles and puzzles, magazines with collectible toys are in the lead among them.In England, there was not a single children’s magazine in Russian, addressed to small bilinguals, fully taking into account their interests and developmental characteristics.

But a high-quality children’s magazine is a valuable ally in the “battle for language” that many parents are waging from the very first babble of a baby and in which it is so easy to lose when they find themselves in a linguistic minority.

It is possible to find a good children’s magazine in Russia, but the separation of its content from local (English) realities threatens to lead to a loss of interest, at best in the proposed magazine, at worst – in the language itself.The most obvious examples are: geographic referencing of Russian journals to specific regions where they are published, or focusing on Russian school subjects that are far removed from everyday English school life. This means that a children’s Russian-language magazine is needed, which would be of interest to the kids living in England!

The pronounced English “regional” component guarantees a sense of belonging to what is described in the magazine. When the events of each issue unfold in the English “scenery”: in London, at the London Zoo, at Stonehenge, etc.etc. – this gives the child a joyful moment of recognition (“I was here!”). In addition, the regional aspect emphasizes interest and respect for the country of residence, contributing to the awareness of a small bilingual as a carrier of at least two cultures.

… Collect Humpty Dumpty!

How else could such a magazine be called if not “Humpty Dumpty”! For the English-speaking reader, this is, first of all, the hero of the famous poem from “The Tales of Mother Goose”, as well as the book by Lewis Carroll “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.In the Russian-speaking culture, Humpty Dumpty is both an allusion to the famous poem by S. Marshak, and a speaking metaphor: “Humpty who talks, talks easily and naturally.” And what is the Russian-language children’s magazine for bilinguals striving for? To help your young friends learn to “chat” easily and cheerfully in Russian.

The magazine is addressed to an audience, almost according to Chukovsky, from two to six years old, when mastering the language is at the very beginning of its journey, which increases the chances of mastering Russian as a native.In a company with Shaltay, the Russian language ceases to be just a means of family communication, turning into an instrument of play, knowledge of the world, creativity, entertainment and fun.

In October 2018, the pilot issue of the magazine was published. And from the very beginning, Shaltai took the bar high, aiming at a whole range of urgent tasks:

– to instill in the child an interest in reading a book through reading a magazine together with a parent;

– to acquaint with the work of wonderful modern children’s poets and writers, to motivate them to learn about the world around them through play;

– taking into account the peculiarities of the development of bilinguals, contribute to the comprehensive development of the speech of their readers, logic, attention;

– to help the integration of a Russian-speaking child into the English-speaking environment through the comprehension of everyday English in Russian;

– to enrich the positive experience of Russian-speaking communication, increasing in the eyes of the child the status of the Russian language from “everyday / home” to the language of entertainment, creativity and knowledge;

– to form a space for dialogue.Rather, for a whole series of dialogues: between readers (children and adults) and poets and writers; between a child and a parent while reading a magazine; between children based on what they have read; between parents and professionals providing educational and other child-centered services in Russian in England.

What happened

Since January 2019, a new thematic issue of “Humpty Dumpty” has been published every two months, which deservedly bears the proud title of a children’s literary and art magazine.Among its authors are the best modern children’s poets and writers: Marina Boroditskaya, Vadim Levin, Mikhail Yasnov, Viktor Lunin, Sergei Georgiev, Tim Sobakin, Artur Givargizov, Anastasia Orlova, Nina Pikuleva, Elena Yaryshevskaya, Masha Rupasova. The talented artist Tatyana Ukleiko is responsible for illustrations and design.

In each issue you will surely find entertaining game tasks for the development of the speech of bilinguals, training of attention, logic, creativity. We entrust this responsible task to the best experts in their field – speech therapists and teachers of Russian schools in England.”Humpty” loves to cooperate with professionals (actors, guides, cooks, etc.), giving them the floor in a number of its headings.

The magazine is distinguished by a harmonious structure of material presentation. Literary pages alternate with entertaining (coloring, games) and developing (speech therapy exercises, tasks for the development of motor skills, attention, logic). In accordance with the postulate of K. Chukovsky that the individuality of a child is the highest value, “Humpty” is not just addressed directly to the little reader, but seeks to turn from a “book for everyone” into something personal.

Each issue of the magazine begins with an acquaintance with a child, who is invited to tell about himself by answering the questionnaire. Having shared with Humpty Dumpty his hobbies, achievements and even philosophical views, on the pages of the magazine the kid will surely find something consonant with his thoughts, which, in turn, contributes to the realization of his own significance and uniqueness.

Although the magazine is a great tool for family entertainment, each issue is able to captivate a child independently, without the help of an adult to explore the content of the issue.At the same time, the charming cheerful Humpty Dumpty takes on the role of a friend and curator.

Therefore, if you have a reader in your house from two to six years old, try to introduce him to our Humpty Dumpty! The magazine is available in paper and electronic formats. The volume of the journal is 20 pages, the frequency is once every two months. On the website, you can not only order individual issues, but also subscribe and purchase a magazine binder for the first half of 2019. You can follow our news and success on Instagram (@shaltay_boltay_uk) and Facebook ( ShaltayBoltayChildrenMagazine).

And to those who are already familiar with Shaltay, thank you very much for believing in us, for reading, playing and chatting with us. And a special thank you for your feedback. Until next time on the pages of the magazine!

choice as a factor of success

Book publishing is one of the largest industries in the UK with high rates of annual turnover and number of employees. The UK publishing market is the fifth largest in the world in terms of sales. More than 2 thousandRegistered publishers produce approximately 150,000 titles a year, and about a hundred publishing organizations are market leaders with a turnover of more than £ 5 million.

Representatives of the Publisher Association of Great Britain spoke about the trends and prospects of the English book market *.

* The event was held within the framework of Non / fictio№18 with the support of the British Council in conjunction with the Association of Book Publishers and the UK Department of International Trade.


Publisher Association is the UK’s leading professional publishing association for magazines, print, electronic and audiobooks. The Association includes more than 100 companies. The combined revenue within the framework of the merger is 4.7 billion pounds sterling per year, of which 29% comes from the sale of digital publications. The association’s mission is to support publishers in their interactions with authors, libraries, political circles and the media.

According to Emma House , Director of Publisher Relations The Publisher Association, the creative industry is an important factor in the UK economy.It employs almost 2 million people, of which about 200 thousand work in book publishing. Revenue in this segment is 83 billion pounds, 5-7% is accounted for by book publishing. Together with periodicals, the volume of the industry is about 10 billion pounds sterling.

England is the largest book exporter in the world. The British market is the second largest in Europe after Germany and the fifth in the world. There are about 2 thousand book publishers in the country, while several large companies account for up to 80% of the turnover.

Over the past five years, the market has grown by 1% per year, and in the current economic situation, the expert considers this to be a good indicator. At the same time, revenue from the sale of printed publications fell by 9%, and from e-books – increased by 116%. Currently, the digital book segment accounts for about 17% of the market. Nevertheless, in 2016 the volume of e-book sales decreased by 1.6%, especially in the b2c segment. For the first time in the past five years, there has been an increase in the sale of printed publications. The subscription model, online access to publications, audiobook ecosystems are developing.

One of the important trends is the need to diversify the business and create higher added value. Obviously, one cannot limit ourselves to publishing content only in print or digital form; innovation is needed that determines the success of the industry. Thus, franchises with Lego, PlayStation, Warkraft and others appeared in children’s book publishing. These are entire ecosystems that unite books, games, films, and applications. For traditional publishers, Bloomsbury, which publishes the Harry Potter saga, is experimenting with a subscription model.In general, almost all publishers provide the consumer with a choice: to read in the traditional form or in multimedia, in binding or in a cover.

With regard to e-books, today publishers devote a lot of effort and money to the development of their own proprietary platforms. They post content there that schools and other educational institutions subscribe to. However, while digital books penetrate the education system rather slowly. On the other hand, individual training is on the rise, and here electronic and multimedia content is in great demand.

The share of digital format in higher education is still small. The market for digital educational resources is growing, but at a moderate pace. It turns out that students still prefer printed textbooks. Although in the university system in the UK over the past five years, there have been many changes. The cost of education has grown quite strongly, and in this regard, the competition between universities for students has intensified. Therefore, many include in the tuition fees in the first year the price of textbooks, provided that they will be used in electronic form.New business models, such as the lease of digital assets, are also finding application.

The market for academic journals is also developing, and here a lot is decided by the models of interaction between authors and publishers. In some cases, the researcher must pay for his publication, other models require open access. Services to support researchers in various industries are developing, the direction of Big Data is actively growing. Basically, scientific and academic publishing houses today position themselves as service companies that provide services to authors, readers, and teachers, providing training statistics.Thus, the role of the classic publisher is evolving.

In terms of reading preferences, the most noticeable change is that people are more attentive to their choice. There is a decline in interest in biographies of popular personalities. At the same time, people are curious about what is happening in the world, and they began to read more about it. If we talk about books for teenagers and young people, then the fashion for “Twilight”, etc. editions passes. Thrillers, detectives, etc. are still in demand.Phenomenon of the year – a surge of interest in coloring books, both for children and adults, but their popularity is currently declining.

– We do not observe any serious loss of interest in reading and we ourselves carry out activities to promote reading. There are changes in the structure of readers and channels for receiving books. They started using libraries less and more electronic devices. But sales inspire optimism: people do not forget about reading, – the expert emphasized.

Almost half of the entire assortment, both print and digital, is now sold through the online channel.90% of this market is occupied by Bookstores – chain and individual – account for 31% of sales. At the same time, the number of independent bookstores in England has almost halved in recent years, and today there are about 900 of them. At the same time, new players are starting to sell books, for example, supermarkets, which currently account for up to 10% of sales. Toy shops and pharmacies also install bookshelves. These non-traditional channels account for up to 9% of sales.

Undoubtedly, UK publishers face certain challenges.In particular, the government of the country in recent years has been pursuing a not very consistent policy in the field of copyright. The situation is aggravated by the UK’s exit from the EU. The business environment is becoming more complex, supply chains are changing, new players are entering the market, and user and customer demands are growing.

– Our task is to shape the reader of the future. Currently, the competition for attention is very high, with social media, TV, games and other entertainment media competing with us. It is not difficult to open a store and start offering books today, it is important to explain to the user why he needs a book and not something else.

The association helps publishers fight pirates: we scan the Internet for illegally placed copies of books and send notifications to providers that they must remove this content. Quite often, we require the provider to block an entire site if there is a lot of illegal content on it. This work is directly related to the anti-piracy legislation of different countries on the territory of which the sites are located, and its effectiveness is low, although in the UK we have blocked seven fairly large resources.Some companies that operate globally, such as Cambridge University Press, analyze traffic around the world and take action to end copyright infringement themselves.

Today, publishers are considering how to maintain their position in the market by using different formats, added the representative of Association Shauna McLeod . Many people now read on mobile devices, therefore the content delivery model needs to be reevaluated.However, in practice, not all publishers are ready for this, and the number of subscribers willing to pay for content is still small. The export of mobile reading is mainly developing: for example, Worldreader supplies books for smartphones to India and Africa, Scandinavian countries.

There are five major publishers in the UK, and the international company Hachette is one of them. Over the course of several years, she united seven English publishing houses under her brand. Hachette has a turnover of 55 million pounds a year, and the company publishes 800 books annually.However, only four books give 12-15 million pounds. Searching for such books is the main task of the publisher. But how can we provide the income that shareholders demand, i.e. about another 40 million pounds?

The rights export team sells up to 400 titles per year.

“Our market is the whole world,” said Jason Bartholomew, Director of Rights at Hachette UK. – We work in Europe, the USA and Russia. Usually one book is sold in seven to ten countries.Traditional partners are France and Germany. Most often, when it comes to selling rights, we are talking about six to seven months. First you need to find an agent, during this time the author can change something, add something. It is necessary to develop a cover, provide the book and the translation with legal protection.

We are trying to catch and use emerging trends, for example, to publish children’s books of the last century for today’s adults, so that they remember their childhood. But trends come and go. Most recently, memoirs sold very well, then books about zombies and vampires were in trend.Today, such publications are practically no longer bought.

15-17 million pounds of the company’s annual turnover falls on non-fiction, the rest is fiction. Stephen King, John Grisham – publisher’s blue chips. When it comes to non-fiction, readers’ interests change very quickly. Today, the top 5 are books by famous personalities, in particular sports stars, with a circulation of 200 thousand copies. Publications representing popular science are sold in smaller circulations (3-5 thousand, sometimes up to 30 thousand copies).However, celebrities do not export very well, noted J. Bartholomew.

– We are trying to understand in which markets which books are sold. What is popular in the US will not always be popular in the UK. The USA is a big market in which to sell the world’s bestsellers like Girl on a Train, Fifty Shades of Gray, and so on. We prefer to import what is popular in France and Germany. In any case, it is necessary to conduct research, and they will pay off, the expert is sure.

Published in May 2017

Coronavirus: Britain wants to vaccinate adolescents; Hasidim returned from Ukraine to Israel sick

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In the UK, vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 15 may begin – so far with one dose of the vaccine. According to the American press, some Hasidic pilgrims are returning to Israel from Ukraine with fake covid tests.In Singapore, the number of patients with severe coronavirus has doubled.

This and other news about the Covid-19 pandemic – in the BBC review.

UK: vaccinations for adolescents

UK medical authorities have announced that all healthy adolescents aged 12 to 15 in the country can receive one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. According to chief sanitary officer Chris Whitty, this will help prevent interruptions in school attendance, which the British traditionally take a lot of care about.

Earlier, the government’s vaccine committee stated that it is ineffective to vaccinate adolescents just to prevent them from getting infected, since the risk of serious illness in children is low.

However, the sanitary doctors took into account the upcoming complication of the epidemiological situation in winter. School closures are unlikely, they argue, but students who test positive for covid are likely to be isolated for 10 days, disrupting full-time education.

Now the doctors’ recommendations are to be approved by the government. If they agree, the children will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.

Most likely, vaccinations will take place in schools, with parents having to give consent. However, if children and their parents have different opinions about vaccination, the last word on this issue will belong to adolescents.

It is not yet possible to quantify the extent to which vaccination will help reduce the spread of the virus – vaccines are less effective in preventing infection with the Delta variant compared to previous variants.However, according to doctors, vaccination of adolescents will provide “a sufficient additional benefit” and help not to quarantine schools.

Israel: Infected pilgrims

Israel suspects Hasidic pilgrims who returned from Ukraine of falsifying coronavirus test results, The New York Times writes. Last week, Israel’s Ministry of Health reported that dozens of pilgrims arrived in the country infected, although they had tested negative.

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Pilgrims return from Ukraine to Israel

Subsequently, the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that for “deliberate spread of the disease” against offenders will be severely punished.

According to the American edition, the coronavirus was confirmed in less than one and a half thousand people out of 17 thousand pilgrims who returned to Israel from Uman on Thursday and Friday. On Sunday, September 12, officials said Israeli police had summoned at least 154 Israelis for questioning suspected of using false documents.

They may be accused of fraud, forgery and aggravated spread of disease, the Ministry of Public Security said. For these crimes, violators can face up to five years in prison.

Recently, the number of cases of coronavirus in Israel peaked in the entire pandemic, but has dropped significantly over the past ten days – according to officials, due to the introduction of booster doses for about a third of the population. However, the number of deaths still stands at 42% of the record high at the end of January.

New Zealand: Auckland quarantined

The New Zealand government extended lockdown in the country’s largest city, demanding 1.7 million Auckland residents stay at home for at least another week to quell small outbreaks of the Delta variant.

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Health authorities reported 33 new cases of Delta infections Monday, all in Auckland. Over the weekend, this number was 23 and 20 cases.

Singapore: The number of patients with covid has doubled

Although Singapore is one of the world leaders in vaccination of the population (there are already 81% of the population fully vaccinated), the incidence in this country has unexpectedly increased and the number of seriously ill patients with covid has doubled.Because of this, the country’s authorities will have to suspend plans for September to return to normal life.

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Special robots along with police patrol the streets of Singapore to enforce anti-covid measures

The number of daily infections this month has returned to peak levels at the beginning of the year. Over the weekend, more than 1,000 new cases were registered in the country, which is ten times more than a month ago.

However, as noted by Reuters, many experts are not too worried about the increase in the incidence, mainly due to the relatively small number of serious cases and the high percentage of vaccinated in Singapore.

Vietnam: New restrictions in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese state media reported Monday that restrictions at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Ho Chi Minh City, will be extended. At the same time, Hanoi and several provinces of the country are seeking relaxation of restrictions, and the aviation authorities have offered to resume domestic flights.

Ho Chi Minh City officials said extending restrictions until the end of September is necessary to isolate foci of the virus, speed up vaccinations and prevent overcrowding in hospitals in the city of 9 million.

Although the country has recently vaccinated about a million people every day, the number of vaccinated in Vietnam is 5.2% of the 98 million population. This is one of the lowest rates in the region.

India: to relax early

The Indian government is concerned that a decrease in coronavirus infection and related deaths could lead to many residents of the country refusing to receive a second vaccine.This attitude towards the epidemic risks undermining the emerging successes in the fight against Covid-19.

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More than 744 million vaccinations have already been made in India, with 60% of the country’s 944 million adults receiving the first dose of the vaccine, and 19% already fully vaccinated with two doses.

According to the website Our World in Data, cited by Reuters, the country has the most partially vaccinated people in the world, mainly due to the long interval between doses prescribed by the government – from 12 to 16 weeks.

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Borshchevsky Mikhail – IATR

Borshchevsky Mikhail Veniaminovich

Born on July 3, 1939 (St. Petersburg, former Leningrad)


Since 2003 to the present – publisher and editor-in-chief of the international magazine Herald of Europe (Great Britain). Co-publisher and deputy. ch. editor of the journal “Vestnik Evropy” (Russia).The journal was founded by N.M. Karamzin.

Since 2000 – to the present Managing Director of Inter TV Ltd. Direct participant in the creation and distribution of a package of television channels in Russian all over the world – RTVI, Our Favorite Kino, Detsky Mir, Teleclub, World of the Series.

1998 – 2000 General Representative of Most – Bank in Great Britain.

1994 – 1998 General Representative of the Association of Russian Banks Abroad. Publisher of the international magazine “Bank”.

1993 – 1997 Professor at Westminster University, London, UK. Head of the Research Center for Investments in the CIS, Head of the Anglo-Russian Banking Education Program.

1992 – 1997 President of the United Europe corporation (Russia).

1990 – 1993 Observer for socio-economic problems (BBC Radio and Radio Liberty).

1966 – 1989 Researcher and head of a number of departments in the institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

1958 – 1966 Engineer and researcher in various industrial organizations in the RSFSR.1967 – 1988 Lecturer at the Leningrad Financial and Economic Institute, the Civil Engineering Institute and a number of others.

1975 – 1989 Member of the Council for Regional Systems under the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences

1973 – 1980 Member of the Commission on Social Development of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions

1975 – 1988 Member of the expert group of the USSR State Planning Committee Participation in international congresses: – psychological (Moscow, 1966) – geographical (Moscow, 1975) – sociological (Warsaw, 1978) – economic forum (Davos, 1992, 93) – banking (London, 1995)

Education: Leningrad Engineering and Economics Institute 1964 Leningrad University 1968 Candidate of Philosophy, Doctor of Economics, Professor, author of 5 monographs, 115 articles in the field of economics, sociology, history, cinematography, scriptwriter of documentaries (Leningrad, Lennauchfilm – 1979, ” Life After Life “, directed by Soloviev).

Author of TV programs: – “Poets’ Cafe”, Leningrad Television Studio, Horizon 1965 – “Television Family” Leningrad Television Studio 1966 – “Contours” Leningrad Television Studio 1977 – 78 (with S. Kulchitskaya) – “Window to Europe” RTVi 2006 – 2008

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Theater Magazine. • Moscow will host the second shadow theater festival ShadowFest

From 14 to 24 November, the second Moscow International ShadowFest Festival will be held at the Moscow Children’s Shadow Theater.

ShadowFest is the only festival in Russia dedicated to the theater of shadows; 9 theaters from Poland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Great Britain and Russia will take part in it. Most of them will perform in Moscow for the first time. All performances will take place on the stage of the Moscow Children’s Shadow Theater.

About performances and educational program for TEATR magazine. says the art director of the festival, theater critic Marina Shimadina: “The main organizer of ShadowFest is the Moscow Children’s Shadow Theater.We are the only state repertoire theater that deals with this genre. Our task is to show all the variety of shadow theater. It has ancient roots, in Indonesia the shadow theater is still a ritual act. In Europe, on the other hand, it is a modern multimedia show. At the festival we are trying to show the variety of genres and technologies.

This year our program has become broader, primarily geographically. Performances will come from Poland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Great Britain, Russia, they will present different types of shadow theater.For example, the Polish “Billy Fogh” is a shadow comic based on the comic book of the same name by Guillaume Bianco about the child’s perception of death. The Spanish performance “The Celestials” was created based on ancient Greek myths with the help of projectors, it is a beautiful visual theater. “Karagöz: Explorer of Istanbul” is an example of traditional theater, like Petrushka in Russia. Karagöz travels around Istanbul and acquaints viewers with Turkish sights. The FiM Puppet Theater will present sand animation. “Thumb and Fingers” from Great Britain will show a classic shadow theater, from the same dog on the wall, which is always shown to children, from a simple technique, an interesting performance is born.

There will also be master classes from the luminaries of the shadow theater – the Theater “Shadow”. The Moscow Children’s Shadow Theater will hold a master class “Big Paper Circus of Senor Sombrini”, where children themselves can create a performance and learn how to operate Chinese puppets.

An educational program is also being prepared for adults. Master class – acquaintance with the ritual theater of Indonesia will be held by hereditary puppeteer Tri Koyo. Victor Platonov will give a lecture on silhouette animation. ”

Also on the ShadowFest program: “Forgotten Christmas” by the Moscow Children’s Shadow Theater, “Sign of the Opera” by the Studio T Theater and “Aiko and the Moon Bear” by the Italian Theater “Strologhe”.A detailed poster can be found on the festival website.

The Second International Festival of Shadow Theaters is held with the support of the Moscow Department of Culture as part of the Year of Theater in Russia and is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Moscow Children’s Shadow Theater.

90,000 qualification requirements have become uniform “All-Russian industrial Internet magazine” Construction.RU “

In the 1990s, the UK began a series of vocational education reforms that changed qualifications and made them transparent.The management of the system is carried out by non-governmental organizations, the state retained only supervisory functions and the development of general criteria. This made it possible to introduce a unified universal system of qualification requirements and to get away from a certain vagueness of knowledge, skills and abilities of trained specialists and the resulting problems with employment and hiring. The results of those innovations are already visible.

In 2009, the Kingdom’s Parliament issued a decree on Learning, Skills, Children and Teaching, which clearly states that in order to perform their job functions, each employee must have certain knowledge and skills.This also applies to the construction industry, for which a special system of qualification requirements has been developed. A special Service for the management of qualifications and examination requirements (Ofqual) deals with the creation of a “qualification list” or the receipt of relevant developments from competent organizations. After entering the qualification requirements into the Ofqual register in specialized educational institutions and during internships in construction organizations, it becomes possible to undergo the necessary training.The acquired skills and knowledge will definitely be checked for compliance with recognized requirements.

In the construction industry specifically, the UK’s main specialist organization is the Construction Learning Platform – Construction Qualifications (CSkills). She has the right to develop qualification requirements with subsequent approval by Ofqual and accredit educational institutions that provide a profession in accordance with the qualification requirements. The development of new and revision of the previous requirements is carried out constantly, since not all types of activities have yet been “summed up” to the requirements, and the development of new technologies involves teaching new skills.The main source of funding for the work of CSkills is contributions from accredited educational institutions and various grants.

In general, the scheme for the introduction of new building qualifications in the UK has such a scheme. Ofqual has accredited CSkills for the development of professional construction qualifications and accreditation of educational institutions. CSkills deals with qualifications and accredits educational institutions. And they train workers in accordance with the requirements and provide subsequent training.CSkills has a single electronic database, all educational institutions are required to upload information into it for each person who has completed training and received a certain qualification.

But CSkills is not the only organization with such functionality in construction. Her competence does not include the installation of engineering equipment and some other “details”. They are part of the “department” of other qualifying construction organizations, which work on approximately the same principles as CSkills.The qualification requirements developed by CSkills and its “colleagues” are a multi-level system that takes into account a person’s work experience, the number of internships and courses completed, the required level of responsibility, etc. It provides for the possibility of mastering more complex professional techniques and the ability to work in new conditions.

It is very easy to check the qualifications of any worker on a construction site (throughout the UK). A specialized non-governmental organization, the Certification and Skills in Construction Scheme (CSCS), has issued electronic cards (they are individual), without which no person can be at an English construction site.

To receive such a card, you need to undergo training in accordance with the qualification requirements and pass a test for knowledge of occupational safety and environmental issues. A personal card contains information about the skills and abilities of a particular person, other important information about him.

Maps can be easily verified both on the construction sites themselves and in the offices of the hiring companies. There are special devices for this. If you insert a card into it, all the necessary information about the holder will be read in a few seconds.

There are eight types of cards in total. Counterfeiting CSCS cards is punishable by law. In 2011, a group of persons who were engaged in forging an electronic document for immigrant construction workers was sentenced to five years in prison.

Checking the CSCS cards for each worker is the responsibility of the Concrete Builder Plan (CCS) non-governmental organization. It was created in order to provide a decent level of safety on construction sites for both those involved in the construction process and for third parties.Many construction organizations use CCS services to help them sleep well and improve relationships with local authorities. If the construction takes six weeks or longer, it can be registered on the Internet at the site of this organization for a small fee. After that, experts go to the site.

Based on materials from foreign press, BINTI translation.

The material was prepared by Sofia KLADOVA


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