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11 June, 2018

‘The decision of whether or not to breastfeed is a woman’s choice and must be respected’, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has confirmed today as it publishes a new position statement on infant feeding.

The new position statement from the RCM recommends that balanced and relevant information be given to parents choosing to formula feed their babies, whether exclusively or partially, to enable them to do so safely and with support to encourage good bonding.

The RCM advises that breastfeeding mothers and their partners should be given information and support to help manage the physical, mental, emotional and societal challenges of breastfeeding.

Also, highlighted is the need for maternity units to be appropriately staffed and for sufficient investment to be made in postnatal care to enable each woman to get the support and advice she needs to make informed choices about feeding her baby.

On exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life the RCM confirms this to be most appropriate method of infant feeding and that breastfeeding should continue alongside complementary foods for up to two years, in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UK departments of health recommendations to promote and support breastfeeding.

11 June, 2018

Over the weekend the Scottish Government announced an immediate 3% pay award for all NHS staff on the Agenda for Change pay scale earning up to £80,000. This applies to staff including midwives and nurses.

11 June, 2018

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has responded to a new report by the Welsh Government entitled; ‘A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care’.

8 June, 2018

Midwives and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have accepted the negotiated proposals for NHS Agenda for Change staff pay. A large majority (85.7%) of respondents voted to accept the negotiated set of proposals for staff in the NHS in England.

31 May, 2018

In light of the result of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland, woman in Northern Ireland now endure one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has long campaigned for women in Northern Ireland to be given the same rights and access to abortion healthcare services as is afforded to women in other parts of the UK.

All women in England, Wales and Scotland can access an abortion if their circumstances fulfil the terms of the Abortion Act 1967.

24 May, 2018

This evening the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will continue its campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030 as it brings together a panel of survivors, experts and activists to discuss Ending FGM: Where Next?.

24 May, 2018

A report on NHS funding has been published today by Health Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies in association with NHS Confederation. The report says that UK health spending will need to increase by £95bn by 2033/34, rising from 7.3% of national income this year to 8.9% of national income, to maintain current service levels: increases of 3.3% a year.

23 May, 2018

A new publication published today (Thursday, 24th May) by the Royal College of Midwives in Scotland highlights the breadth of roles of Scottish midwives. The publication - Midwifery in Scotland – into the 2020s - shows politicians, policy makers and the public just how wide the role of the midwife is. This ranges from working in hospitals, in the community and the home and in urban and rural settings, in specialist roles and in education.

22 May, 2018

The importance of public health and the need to invest in it is the focus of a motion from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Wales at the TUC Wales Conference starting today (Tuesday, 22nd May 2018). The RCM Wales motion focuses on smoking and weight management in pregnancy and the motion is set to be heard on Wednesday, 23rd May. The RCM Wales motion - Public Health an Investment in the Future - will be presented by the RCM Director for Wales Helen Rogers.

15 May, 2018

A long term strategy for Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce has been launched today (Monday 14th May) by the by the Department of Health alongside details of new staffing-related investment.

The health and social care Workforce Strategy 2026: Delivering for Our People sets out goals for a workforce that will match the requirements of a transformed system. It also addresses the need to tackle serious challenges with supply, recruitment and retention of staff.

The Department of Health has also confirmed details of an initial allocation of £15m in workforce development, from the £100m transformation fund for 2018/19.

11 May, 2018

A new report by UNICEF has highlighted global “breastfeeding gaps” between rich and poor and shows UK breastfeeding rates amongst the lowest in the world.

The analysis notes that one in five babies in high-income countries are not breastfed at all, compared to just 1 in 25 in low- and-middle-income countries.

The report also focuses on UK breastfeeding rates being amongst some  of the lowest in the world. 150,000 babies in the UK never receive breastmilk in their life.

10 May, 2018

Research commissioned by a UK child safety group into seatbelt use while pregnant has revealed that 45.9% % of women, when asked whether they knew of the correct way to wear a seat belt while pregnant, said no.

It also found that almost a fifth (19.4%) of women said they sometimes chose not to wear a seat belt at all during pregnancy because of the discomfort. 

4 May, 2018

All this week midwives, maternity support workers, student midwives, RCM branches and midwifery societies across the UK have held local events to celebrate International Day of Midwife (IDM)  2018 with support from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives here in the UK and across the world and tomorrow (Saturday may 5th) many more RCM members will hold events and celebrations to mark IDM 2018.

IDM was first launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 and annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives here in the UK and across the world.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’.

4 May, 2018

Midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) at University Hospital Wishaw (NHS Lanarkshire) this week received royal recognition for their work as Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal visited their award winning maternity service.

The HRH The Princess Royal who is patron of the RCM met with midwives, MSWs, Neonatal midwives and other members of staff from NHS Lanarkshire on Monday (April 30th) during a royal visit.

Her Royal Highness was welcomed on arrival by RCM President, Kathryn Gutteridge, RCM’s Director for Scotland Dr. Mary Ross Davie, RCM’s Chief Executive Gill Walton and Lyn Clyde Director for Midwifery at University Hospital Wishaw.

During the visits HRH The Princess Royal met midwives at the Wishaw’s Early Pregnancy Unit and also viewed their state of the art birthing rooms and training rooms used by student midwives.

In March this year NHS Lanarkshire was named ‘Midwifery Service of the Year’ at the RCM’s Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

The Maternity team at Wishaw care for women across north and south Lanarkshire and deliver 4,500 babies every year, maternity care is also delivered to approximately another 2,500 women that live within Lanarkshire but choose to deliver in other units nearer to their homes.

Ten midwifery teams provide personalised community care for women with two outlying satellite units offering day care and scanning facilities. Furthermore additional support is offered by specialist midwives in areas such as substance misuse, perinatal and bereavement care.

During her visit The Princess Royal also formally opened the new alongside midwifery unit (AMLU) which will offer a low risk birthing option for women and their families.

4 May, 2018

HRH the Princess Royal, Patron of the Royal College of Midwives visited the Maternity Unit at Warrington Hospital on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018. The visit was in recognition of the team being awarded Midwifery Service of the Year by the RCM. The Princess was welcomed by Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mrs. Joelle Warren and guests, RCM President Ms. Kathryn Gutteridge, the Trust’s Chief Executive Mel Pickup, Chairman Steve McGuirk CBE DL and the RCM’s Chief Executive Ms. Gill Walton..