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  • Jan 2014
    The report, which follows earlier reports published in 2011 and 2012, provides an update, highlighting the very latest developments in this most vital of NHS Services. The report looks at a number of indicators of the pressures on maternity care and the resources available to cope in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Nov 2013
    Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violation of a girl’s rights as a child and her entitlement to her bodily integrity. It is a cruel act perpetrated by parents and extended family members upon young girls who are entrusted to their care. It is estimated that 66,000 women resident in England and Wales in 2001 had undergone FGM and over 23,000 under the age of 15...
  • 2014
    Staffing levels, deployment and skill mix are key elements of a safe and quality service. In maternity, workforce planning poses a unique set of problems: each care ‘episode’ spans around 6-7 months, crossing hospital and community settings, involving a series of scheduled appointments but a high likelihood of additional unscheduled care and often involving...
  • May 2014
    Initiatives to promote breastfeeding have been high on successive governments’ policy agendas, because the research evidence highlights the benefits that breastfeeding confer on an infant’s early development, resilience to health problems and general long-term health. In some areas of the UK, generations of women have never breastfed...