How to choose and fit children’s glasses

'Children’s faces have different proportions to adult faces, but the specs all too often are simply scaled-down versions of adult designs'

Child Labour: the true cost of chocolate production

child labour on cocoa farm in Côte d’Ivoire

Our delight in chocolate comes at great cost to those who produce the cocoa, notably child labourers in West Africa

Why getting your child’s eyes tested is so crucial


Early diagnosis of eye conditions is essential to treat them successfully and avoid permanent damage, yet few children have an eye test

Birth of popular private maternity

A growing number of expectant mothers are opting for the comfort, consistency and predictability of private maternity care combined with the emergency back-up of a National Health Service hospital, writes Dan Matthews

Flexible option is best of both worlds

Deciding whether to have your baby within the NHS or to go private, calls for careful consideration, as Lilian Anekwe discovers

More career women take time to start a family

Private maternity units, offering greater flexibility and added safeguards, are seeing an increase in the number of older women checking in, as Liz Bestic reports

Being comfortable with safety and emergency care

At first you may enjoy the thought of luxurious robes, toiletries and an in-room fridge when choosing private maternity care, but most mums-to-be will more realistically be concerned about safety, writes Victoria Lambert

Baby love and a happy ending on Valentine’s Day

After going through a harrowing first birth, Emanuela “Manu” Redaschi shares the experience of having her second child at a private maternity unit