RCM comments on alcohol in pregnancy

By RCM on 18 May 2017 Alcohol and pregnancy

Today (Thursday, 18th May) a conference - Policing Pregnancy: Who Should be a Mother? - organised by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS), Birthrights, and Engaging Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), will discuss the issue of alcohol in pregnancy. 

Commenting on the issue of alcohol in pregnancy, Janet Fyle, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “The RCM’s advice has always been clear and unequivocal; if you are thinking of becoming pregnant or are pregnant, then it is best to avoid alcohol.

“This advice is not about policing pregnant women's behaviour, it is about giving them unbiased information and enabling them to make the choice that is right for them. 

“Cumulative and regular alcohol consumption in pregnancy could have an impact on the health and well-being of mother and baby. If pregnant women have concerns about their level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy, it is important that midwives support them by answering questions in a non-judgemental way and based on the evidence.”

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The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.

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