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10 December, 2018

A report - Audit of Bereavement Care Provision in UK Neonatal Units (2018) - published today by charities Sands and Bliss says that most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate facilities to support grieving families.

30 November, 2018

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are launching a new programme to enable local maternity teams to roll out national recommendations to improve the care of mothers and babies.

29 November, 2018

Today, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) publish a revised position statement on Midwifery Continuity of Carer (MCOC)and also releases a brand new interactive game to improve outcomes with this care model.

The publication of the RCM’s position statement and the release of its game, Continuity Counts, form the next stage of the college’s continuing work to support midwives and midwifery leaders with implementing a substantial shift in maternity care, and to do so in a way that works for midwives, their colleagues and the families they care for.

29 November, 2018

Yesterday, Gill Walton, Chief Executive Officer at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), and John Orchard, Chief Executive at the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, signed an agreement for long-term cooperation, with the Trust administering and supporting the RCM’s benevolent fund – a fund which provides financial assistance to those in immediate financial hardship.

29 November, 2018

Midwives in Northern Ireland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action, including strike action, over their poor salaries.

21 November, 2018

The report published 20th November on the inspection of the Home Office's management of asylum accommodation provision clearly demonstrates that urgent improvements need to be made in order to safeguard the wellbeing of vulnerable adults granted asylum, such as pregnant and post-partum women.

20 November, 2018

On 19 November the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) launched a new set of guidance under their ‘Midwifery Blue Top Guidance Programme.’

Midwifery care in labour guidance for women in all settings provides midwives with high-quality evidence when it comes to caring for women during labour and birth

15 November, 2018

 

Midwives in Northern Ireland will be consulted on whether they are prepared to take industrial action, including strike action, over pay.

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Board agreed to consult its RCM midwife and maternity support worker members (MSWs) in Northern Ireland.  The consultation will run from today until 23rd November.

RCM members will be asked whether they would be willing to take industrial action up to and including strike action. The consultation result will be considered by the RCM Board, who will make the decision about the next steps.

The move by the RCM comes after pay for midwives and MSWs in Northern Ireland has fallen behind the rest of the UK. For example, a midwife in Northern Ireland at the top of pay band 6 (the pay band most experienced midwives will be in) will earn over £2000 less than her colleagues at the same level in England.  

This appalling situation has come about because of the lack of a functioning Government in Northern Ireland and despite the RCM and other unions asking the UK Government to intervene to break the deadlock.

RCM members in England, Scotland and Wales have voted to accept a three-year pay deal which is now being implemented. Funding for similar increases for midwives and other health professionals in Northern Ireland has been made available from the UK Treasury through the Barnett Formula. But officials in Westminster and Northern Ireland will not even negotiate on pay because they say there is no government to implement any agreement.

The pay deal also includes reform of the Agenda for Change (AfC) agreement. This is the contractual agreement for NHS midwives and other health staff. The AfC reforms improve starting salaries and make it quicker to reach the top of pay bands.

12 November, 2018

Today the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published a new report which reveals improvement of local investigations into baby deaths and brain injuries which happened during childbirth. The report also says that the number of babies who might have had a different outcome with different care remains too high.

9 November, 2018

A tool  to help maternity services  measure the level of continuity of carer being provided for women has been published today by the Royal College of Midwives. Measuring Continuity of Carer: A monitoring and evaluation framework – has been funded by NHS England and was written by Professor Jane Sandall from King’s College London.

8 November, 2018

The Isle of Man Government has moved to take abortion out of criminal law and introduce safe buffer zones around clinics.
 The Abortion Reform Bill 2018 has passed through all stages in the Tynwald, the Isle of Man's legislature, and is awaiting the granting of royal assent by the Queen's Lieutenant-General on 20 November. It is expected to come into force in mid-2019.

8 November, 2018

A midwife from Sidcup is traveling to Bangladesh as a volunteer in a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) project to support midwifery in Bangladesh.  Sarah Gregson is a midwife at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in Kent.

8 November, 2018

Next Monday (12th November) sees the start of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) maternity support worker (MSW) week 2018. The aim of the week is to create more awareness about the role of the MSW and to celebrate all the work they do to support midwives and maternity services across the UK.

8 November, 2018

Today Scotland’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced an increase in the number of student midwives in training for the next year. Responding to the announcement, Dr Mary Ross-Davie, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Scotland said: “The RCM is pleased that the Scottish Government have listened to us. Today’s announcement on additional student midwife training places in Scotland is good news not only for our maternity services, but particularly for those wanting to become midwives.

7 November, 2018

 

Today the University of Kent has released the results of research into postnatal depression (PND). The research found the odds of developing PND increased by 79% when mothers had baby boys compared to baby girls. The research also found that women whose births had complications were 174% more likely to experience PND compared to those women who had no complications.

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