About Maternity Action

Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, partners and young children from conception through to the child’s early years.

Established in 2008, Maternity Action delivers online information and telephone advice; training and consultancy; and policy, campaigning and research.

Our information and advice services cover employment rights, maternity benefits, breastfeeding rights and access to NHS maternity care for women from abroad.  Each year, we advise over 2,000 women and their partners and parents view our information sheets over a million times.  

Our vision is to achieve gender equality, freedom from all forms of discrimination and optimal health for pregnant women, new mothers and their families.

Our mission is to empower pregnant women, new mothers and their families with information, advice and tools to assert their rights; to provide education and advice to professionals in the voluntary sector, statutory sector and business to enable them to better respond to the needs of pregnant women, new mothers and their families; and to influence legislation and policy in the UK and Europe to better protect pregnant women, new mothers and their families and promote their health and wellbeing.

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