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1 May, 2018

Today the Royal College of Midwives launches its member consultation on the Government’s pay offer.  The online consultation will run from 1st-6th June 2018. The pay agreement will see midwives and maternity support workers receive pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years, and an additional 1.1% in year two of the deal for those on the top of their pay band.  Some staff will see increases of even more.

27 April, 2018

From Monday April 30th pregnant women in Wales will have access to more accurate screening tests for Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s syndromes.

Wales is the first UK nation to introduce Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)across the whole country as an addition to the existing antenatal screening offer.

The test will be offered to women who have taken up the initial offer of screening and are found to be at a higher chance of Down’s, Edward’s or Patau’s syndrome. The NIPT test is offered as an alternative to an invasive test.

27 April, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a new i-learn module on continuity of carer.  The online learning resource was developed with support from NHS England and aims to help midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) develop a better understanding about continuity of carer in midwifery.

The Better Births National Maternity Review for England and The Best Start review in Scotland recommend that continuity of carer be used as the central model of care in both countries.

To support our members to better understand the importance of this model of care the RCM saw an urgent need to develop a learning resource that would answer a host of important questions.

26 April, 2018

New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show a significant rise in the number of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register. Between April 2017 and March 2018, 3,962 people left – an increase of 29 percent. There continues to be a dramatic drop in those joining the register from the EU. Over the same period 805 EU nurses and midwives joined the register compared with 6,382 the year before – a drop of 87 percent.

23 April, 2018

Commenting on the birth of a baby boy to the Duchess of Cambridge today,  Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “On behalf of the Royal College of Midwives I offer our warmest and heartfelt congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy. through her pregnancy and beyond.”

23 April, 2018

Today the Welsh Government has announced that it will maintain bursaries for those electing to study an eligible health related programme, including midwifery . This arrangement is intended to be in place for those starting their training in September 2019. Commenting, Helen Rogers, Royal College of Midwives Director for Wales, said: “This is very welcome news.  It brings some stability, certainty and much needed financial support for those looking to train as midwives next year. This is vital if we are to attract the best entrants from across our society.

19 April, 2018

Today (Thursday, 19th April 2018) the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has published maps showing that pregnant women and new mums in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services which meet national guidelines.

According to the MMHA maps just  28% of areas in Wales are showing green on the map meaning specialist perinatal mental health services are available for women in that area, but not elsewhere in Wales.

18 April, 2018

Today the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has published maps showing that pregnant women and new mums in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services which meet national guidelines. The maps show that in England 51% of areas are green (106 areas) on the map. This means specialist perinatal mental health services are available for women in that area.

18 April, 2018

Today  the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has published maps showing that pregnant women and new mums in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services which meet national guidelines. According to the MMHA just 7% of areas in Scotland are showing green on the map meaning specialist perinatal mental health services are available for women in that area.

18 April, 2018

 

Today (Thursday 19th April) the Maternal Mental Health Alliance(MMHA)Everyone’s Business Campaign has launched new maps which show that pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services, which meet national guidelines.

According to this new data, pregnant women and new mothers in 24% of the UK still have no access to specialist perinatal mental health services (rated red on the map).

The MMHA maps illustrate accessibility to specialist perinatal mental health services which vary widely across the UK. Geographical areas highlighted in green indicate provision of services and Northern Ireland currently has zero areas highlighted in green.

16 April, 2018

Today The Lancet has published a New Series that calls for greater awareness of preconception health and improved guidance, with greater focus on diet and nutrition. It says that parents’ diets and health can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception.

13 April, 2018

Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) including midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and student midwives from across the UK are preparing to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on May 5th in style.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’ and the RCM is supporting RCM branches and midwifery societies to hold events and activities to mark this special global day of midwifery celebration.

In Sheffield up to 90 midwives have planned a ‘Call the midwife’ themed  bike ride and will cycle a four mile route to help raise ten thousand pounds to fund three new birthing pools at the Jessop Wing maternity unit.  To support this event, midwifery students from Sheffield Hallam University have organised a refreshment stop halfway round the route. 

Other IDM activities and events registered so far include everything from Caring For You tea parties to trolley dashes, study days, and a netball and networking event to name just a few

Also, returning again this year is the RCM’s hugely popular competition for members The Great Midwifery Cake Off* which is a chance for any members who have a flair for baking to get creative and bake their own midwifery inspired cake.

 

5 April, 2018

There has been a 35 percent (35%) drop in the number of applicants to midwifery courses since 2013, that’s according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) who have analysed the latest UCAS data on applications to midwifery courses in England.

The number of students applying to midwifery courses in England has fallen steadily every year since 2013 which has resulted in a total of 35 percent fewer applicants for midwifery courses than there were in 2013.

The biggest drop in the number midwifery applicants since 2013 has come from those aged 21 or over. In 2013, over 12,000 people aged over 21 applied for a midwifery course in England.  By 2017 that figures was only 6,700, a decrease of 45 percent (45%)

28 March, 2018

New Royal College of Midwives (RCM) guidance for midwives on supporting survivors of domestic abuse to vote safely is published today. The guidance will help midwives to support survivors of domestic abuse to remain anonymous on the electoral role to keep them safe from harm.

24 March, 2018

Today the Government has announced a range of measures for England’s maternity services. Commenting on the announcement, Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “This is very long overdue acknowledgement by the Government that England’s maternity services need more midwives. The RCM has been campaigning to get successive governments to eradicate the midwife shortage for well over a decade. This is recognition that this Government have been listening to us.

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