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07/03/2011

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Monday 07 March 2011

Jane Garvey presents. An exhibition of Barbara Everard's work at the RHS London Orchid Show. Reform of the Child Support Agency: Since 2008 the law has been in place for the child maintenance service, currently provided for by the CSA, to be charged for. Currentlyunder consultation is the extent to which charges for this service should be made, and how. We discuss the ethics surrounding the care of extremely premature babies and look at female warriors throughout history.

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  • Should very premature babies be kept alive?

    Jane talks to Lucy, whose daughter Matilda did survive; to Professor David Field, president of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Daphne Austin, consultant in Public Health Medicine.

  • Barbara Everard and Orchids

    Barbara Everard was a world renowned botanical artist. The RHS hosts a rare exhibition of her paintings. Jane talks to Barbara’s son, Martin and Chartlotte Brooks of the RHS.

  • Child Maintenance and Proposed Changes

    Jane speaks to Maria Miller MP, the Work and Pensions Minister who is responsible for the child maintenance reforms, and Janet Allbeson, Policy Advisor at Gingerbread.

  • Warrior Women

    Author Rosalind Miles & military historian Robin Cross have co-written Warrior Women: 3000 Years of Courage and Heroism. They join Jane to discuss the role women have played in wars.

  • Should very premature babies be saved?

    Babies born 4 months early - in the 23rd week of pregnancy - exist on the very edge of life. A few go on to survive – truly 'miracle babies' - but most die. Of the few that do survive, many will face long-term disabilities. A new BBC2 documentary follows the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit to ask the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive? Jane Garvey meets Lucy, whose daughter Matilda did survive, to talk about the choices she had to make during that crucial time in intensive care. Professor David Field, president of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Daphne Austin, consultant in Public Health Medicine, discuss the poor outcomes of such premature babies, and whether the NHS has got its priorities right.

    23 week babies: The Price of Life is on BBC2 at 9pm Wednesday 9th March.
  • Warrior Women

    It’s relatively easy to think of women war leaders in the ancient world – Cleopatra, Boudicca, Queen Hippolyta, the most famous of the Amazons. It gets harder as the centuries roll by to name fighting women and women war leaders. Author Rosalind Miles and military historian Robin Cross have co-written a book, Warrior Women: 3000 Years of Courage and Heroism. They join Jane to discuss the significant role that women have played in wars around the world, from prehistory to the present day.

    Warrior Women by Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross is published by Quercus.

  • Barbara Everard

    Barbara Everard became one of the world's most renowned botanical artists after starting her career painting fake Chinese wallpapers and reproduction furniture. She went on to paint orchids and other tropical plants in Malaya and contributed hundreds of pictures to books like Wildflowers of the World. The Royal Horticultural Society hosts a rare exhibition of her paintings as part of the RHS London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show, 9 - 20 March 2011. Barbara's son Martin Everard and Charlotte Brooks from the RHS join Jane to discuss her life and work.

    Barbara Everard website
  • Child Maintenance - Proposed Changes

    Since 2008 a law has been in place that could allow charges for the Government's child maintenance service, currently provided by the Child Support Agency. Until April 7th there is a consultation on the extent to which proposed charges for this service should be made, and how. Woman’s Hour hears from Maria Miller MP, the Work and Pensions Minister who is responsible for the child maintenance reforms, on how these fees will fit into the government’s overall aims to encourage separating couples to make their own family-based arrangements. And from Janet Allbeson, policy advisor at Gingerbread, the organisation that supports single parent families, who have concerns with the potential effects these changes may have.

    Department of Work and Pensions consultation

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