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Country news: Northern Ireland_6

28 November, 2013

Country news: Northern Ireland_6

Country news for Northern Ireland Issue 6 2013 Midwives magazine: Issue 6 :: 2013

Termination guidance
Over the summer, I visited maternity units throughout NI where I listened to the views of RCM members before submitting our response to the latest Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s (DHSSPS) guidance on termination of pregnancy in NI.

During my discussions with various midwives, I was struck by their professionalism and compassion for women who face the devastating news that their much-wanted baby has a serious and sometimes lethal fetal anomaly. The primary concern of the midwives I spoke to was the health and wellbeing of women and their families in very difficult circumstances. It is heartening to hear that the draft guidance is to be further revised and that the views of those providing direct care to women and their families are to be considered in any future guidance. We'll keep you updated as matters develop.

Dates for the diary
We recently held the 19th joint RCM/INMO annual conference in Dublin, which was extremely well evaluated by those who attended. Planning is now underway for the joint DHSSPS/RCM/RCOG/PHA/LSAMO conference on 27 March 2014, so put the date in your diary.

The RCOG has also invited midwives to attend the second day of their first NI conference, which is to be held in Belfast in February. The event will include a perineal repair workshop for midwives and what promises to be a fascinating debate on whether induction of labour should be offered to all women at 38 weeks. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so keep an eye out for the notices in your local unit.

We’re planning an interactive RCM i-learn seminar on 16 January – once again, places are limited, but this is a great opportunity to find out how the RCM’s online learning resource can help you in your daily practice.

Branch activity
If you haven’t previously thought of how you might contribute to RCM activity in your local branch, then it’s time to speak to your local steward or to the team in the NI office. The RCM is only as strong as its members and that’s every one of you. So, whether you attend an RCM event, volunteer as a steward or a branch officer or sit on a working group as an RCM representative, the RCM needs you. We’ll be taking the show on the road again in 2014 to discuss how you can all contribute to the work of the RCM. I look forward to meeting many of you and in the meantime have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Breedagh Hughes
Director, RCM Northern Ireland

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