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15 February, 2019

The Scottish Government has announced it’s investing £12 million in maternity and neonatal services to implement Best Start.

The Royal College of Midwives(RCM) has welcomed the announcement.

7 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Hannah Mawson, Tina Grantham has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the North of England region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

7 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Lynn Morrall, Karin Rigden has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the South of England region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

6 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Sophie Ransen, Mary McGillivray has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Midlands region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

6 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Kasia DiMaria, Kelly Sawyer has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the London region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

6 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Emma Rees, Emma Thomas has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Welsh region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

6 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Laura Abbott, Maureen McSherry has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Scottish region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

5 February, 2019

'FGM is a human rights abuse that will not be tolerated in the UK' says RCM on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Wednesday February 6th is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

FGM is child abuse and is a human rights abuse which affects more than 200 million women and girls worldwide.

On this Zero Tolerance Day to Female Genital Mutilation the Royal College Midwives (RCM) has reflected on the progress made by the UK to end FGM in the UK and elsewhere across the world and the RCM acknowledges the steps taken by the UK Government, both legally to protect girls and in providing support for survivors of FGM.

In the UK over 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM and in England and Wales alone there are over 137,000 women and girls living with the physical and psychological consequences of FGM.

FGM is child abuse and is a human rights abuse which affects more than 200 million women and girls worldwide.

5 February, 2019

Nominated by local mum Sarah Griffiths, Brenda McCabe has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Northern Ireland region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

1 February, 2019

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has responded to the first ever guilty verdict for FGM in UK.

Commenting Janet Fyle, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says; “Today is a momentous day for the campaign to end FGM and this is the first of many prosecutions to come because FGM continues to take place in the UK.

“Todays verdict is very significant. It also justifies the RCM and its partners' relentless campaign to end FGM and to protect women and girls from this human rights abuse, despite the many challenges and push back from some groups. 
 

29 January, 2019

Today the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) has published a national survey of more than 17,600 women who gave birth in February last year. It shows that many had a good experience, but some women say the care they received fell short of expectations. Issues highlighted include continuity of care, choice in antenatal and postnatal services and access to help, information and support after giving birth.

29 January, 2019

Today (Tuesday 29th January)  the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have responded to a new poll about women’s experiences of feeding their baby, commissioned by BBC Radio’ 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield.

The findings have revealed that almost 50 percent of the women surveyed aged 18-40 felt they had let their baby down when they struggled to breastfeed.

Also, two thirds of women who breastfed their baby say it was one of the best parts of being a mother (66%) half say it was one of the toughest parts (49%).

The poll investigated the factors affecting how women fed their babies, including public pressure, mental health and ability to breastfeed.

Other findings from the poll include a third of women who breastfed their baby feeling pressure from society to breastfeed (33%) and three in ten women who formula-fed their baby (either exclusively or in addition to breastfeeding) say they would have liked to have breastfed but felt embarrassed to do so in public (30%).

22 January, 2019

Today the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has published a new report - State of Child Health: Two Years On. Commenting on the report, Clare Livingstone, Professional Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "This is an important report and shows that whilst there has been progress, there is a need for more and sustained investment in the health of children

22 January, 2019

The Isle of Man’s abortion Law Reform Bill has gained Royal assent. Commenting, Suzanne Tyler, Executive Director for Services to Members at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “This is a hugely important moment for women's rights in the Isle of Man and I am pleased that the voice of the RCM and others have been heard be the Government there.

15 January, 2019

 

Today (Tuesday 15th January) a working group which includes the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a set of principles for continuing professional development (CPD).

The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group* comprising of organisations from across the health and social care sector including; College of Paramedics, UNISON, Royal College of Nursing ,UNITE and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to name just a few.

The new principles are designed to guide individuals, employers and wider systems to create a culture of continuous improvement, workforce development and improve outcomes for service users.

The five principles are that CPD and Lifelong Learning should;

  1. Be owned by the individual and be supported and facilitated by the employer.
  2. Benefit the service user.
  3. Improve the quality of service delivery.
  4. Be balanced and relevant to the individual’s scope of practice.
  5. Be recorded and reflect the impact on the individual’s practice.

 

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