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13 July, 2018

Research published today (Friday 13th of July) by JAMA shows an increased prevalence of depression in today’s young mothers, compared with their mother’s generation giving birth to their daughters in the 1990s.

Responding to the research, Clare Livingstone Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College Midwives (RCM) said; “This is a very interesting study. The findings show rates of depression in pregnancy are up by fifty percent in a generation which is quite alarming.

13 July, 2018

Research published today (Friday 13th of July) by JAMA shows an increased prevalence of depression in today’s young mothers, compared with their mother’s generation giving birth to their daughters in the 1990s.

Responding to the research, Clare Livingstone Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College Midwives (RCM) said; “This is a very interesting study. The findings show rates of depression in pregnancy are up by fifty percent in a generation which is quite alarming.

12 July, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is aware that there is significant concern being expressed by members of the Elgin and Moray community about the proposed changes to maternity services at the Dr Gray’s hospital and we understand those concerns. The maternity services in Elgin are a much loved, valued, highly respected and vital part of the community. 

The RCM believes that women and their families should be able to access high quality safe maternity care as close to their home as possible. 

The RCM’s understanding of the situation is that the maternity unit will temporarily become a midwife led unit, changing from its current status as a consultant led unit.  The midwife led unit will be able to provide labour, birth and early postnatal care to healthy women who do not have complications in their pregnancy and do not have risk factors that mean they would be advised to give birth in a consultant led setting.  Where it is known before labour starts that a woman will need obstetric led care, women will be advised that they will generally be cared for at Aberdeen maternity hospital.  Where a woman starts her labour at the midwife led unit at Dr Gray’s, but then requires transfer to consultant led care, the Scottish ambulance service will follow established transfer arrangements and generally take the woman to Raigmore hospital as it is the nearest obstetric unit for most women living in Moray.  Women, whatever their health status, will be able to continue to receive their routine antenatal and postnatal care as they always have in Elgin and Moray.

The RCM would like to reassure women and their families in the Elgin area that there is strong research evidence for the safety of freestanding midwife led units.  The ‘Birthplace’ study undertaken by the National Perinatal Epidemiology unit and published from 2011 to 2017 looked at the outcomes of around 65,000 births and found that for healthy women with a low risk of complications, a midwife led unit offers a safe place to give birth.  In fact, women who give birth in a midwife led setting are less likely to experience interventions, while having as good outcomes for themselves and their babies, as women who give birth in an obstetric led setting.  Women who have given birth before have a low chance of being transferred because of complications arising during labour or birth (about one in ten chance).   Midwife led units are a well established model of care in many parts of the UK, including other rural areas in Scotland and Wales, with similar travel times to the obstetric unit as in Elgin.  Dr Gray’s hospital has a great team of very experienced, committed and highly skilled midwives who are educated to a high level to provide safe and high quality care to women throughout the childbirth journey.  They have up to date training on all aspects of care including identifying the need to transfer in a timely way, recognising complications early and responding effectively to any emergency situation.   Childbirth for most women is a normal physiological process that does not require medical intervention.  Midwives are the experts in facilitating this physiological process, with the skills to intervene if needed.

The RCM’s understanding of the reason for the change in status of the maternity unit in Elgin is due to long standing and recurring problems with recruitment of doctors to work at Dr Gray’s, particularly in the paediatric team. The RCM agrees that if safe levels of medical cover are not possible, then it is not safe to continue to offer a service for high risk women and babies that are likely to require medical intervention.


 

11 July, 2018

Experts from the Royal College of Midwives and Slimming World are calling for clearer guidance on healthy weight management for expectant mothers, and more support, training and equipment for midwives.

10 July, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is today celebrating having scooped ‘Best Digital Member Communication’ at the TUC’s Annual Communications Awards.

The RCMs’ winning entry was a series of short video animations on FGM which form part of the RCM’s campaign to highlight the ongoing practice of FGM here in the UK and end FGM by 2030. 

Janet Fyle Professional Policy Advisor at RCM collected the award along with FGM campaigner, psychotherapist and founder of the Dahlia project Leyla Hussein. 

10 July, 2018

There have been media reports about the US Government’s refusal to support a WHO breastfeeding resolution. Commenting on the issue, Clare Livingstone, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Whilst we do not know the detail about this, what is clear is that breastfeeding brings the greatest benefits in terms of health to the baby and also benefits the mother; for example in reducing the chances of breast cancer.

9 July, 2018

 

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today responded to an annual report published by NHS Digital on Female genital mutilation (FGM) for 2017/18.

The FGM enhanced dataset from NHS Digital* is a repository for collection of individual data collected by healthcare providers in England, including acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices.

5 July, 2018

 

‘Children of mothers who follow a healthy lifestyle have a substantially lower risk of developing obesity than children of mothers who don’t make healthy lifestyle choices’ that’s according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal(BMJ) today (July 5th).The findings show that risk was lowest among children whose mothers maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly, did not smoke, ate a healthy diet, and were light to moderate drinkers.

The study has also highlighted the potential benefits of parent based strategies to curb childhood obesity.

5 July, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today welcomed the announcement by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething on a new pay offer for midwives, maternity support workers and all other NHS staff in Wales.

Just as the recent pay deal did in England the offer for staff in Wales means that staff will progress through the pay bands and reach the top of each band quicker, as the number of increments in each pay band will be reduced. Starting salaries will also increase.

The pay offer in Wales includes the following;

  • Investment in higher starting salaries for staff in every pay band by reforming the pay system to remove overlapping pay points.
  • A commitment to fair basic pay awards and faster pay  progression for the next three years to those staff who are not yet on the top of their pay band.
  • A guarantee of fair basic pay awards for the next three years to the staff who are at the top of pay bands.
  • The minimum basic pay rate in the NHS and the lowest starting NHS salary increases to £18,005 in 20/21.

 

5 July, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today welcomed the announcement by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething on a new pay offer for midwives, maternity support workers and all other NHS staff in Wales.

Just as the recent pay deal did in England the offer for staff in Wales means that staff will progress through the pay bands and reach the top of each band quicker, as the number of increments in each pay band will be reduced. Starting salaries will also increase.

The pay offer in Wales includes the following;

  • Investment in higher starting salaries for staff in every pay band by reforming the pay system to remove overlapping pay points.
  • A Commitment to fair basic pay awards and faster pay  progression for the next three years to those staff who are not yet on the top of their pay band.
  • A guarantee of fair basic pay awards for the next three years to the staff who are at the top of pay bands.
  • The minimum basic pay rate in the NHS and the lowest starting NHS salary increases to £18,005 in 20/21.

 

Responding to today’s announcement RCM’s Director for Wales, Helen Rogers said; “The RCM very much welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement and offer of a much deserved pay increase for our members in Wales.

“This is a good deal for our members. Over the past number of months the RCM has worked hard with other NHS unions and the Welsh Government to negotiate and secure the best possible deal for midwives and maternity workers in Wales.

“Today’s offer is long overdue. Midwives and maternity support workers work tirelessly everyday to deliver safe high quality care to mothers and babies in Wales and it is only fair that they are rewarded fairly for the care they deliver.

“The RCM will now consult with our members in Wales, provide more information and encourage them to engage with the RCM on this important pay consultation process.”

 

To contact the RCM Media Relations Team call 020 7312 3456 or email media@rcm.org.uk.

 

 

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Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/

 

 

 

3 July, 2018

Today NHS Digital has published statistics on smoking rates including smoking during pregnancy.  Just under 11% of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery in 2017/18.  This is similar to the level recorded in 2016/17, but down from 16% in 2006/07.

28 June, 2018

Today the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced a change in the rules to allow women to take the second abortion pill at home.

26 June, 2018

The Royal College Midwives (RCM) has awarded Bournemouth midwife Dr. Susan Way with an RCM fellowship.

The RCM’s Fellowship scheme recognises individuals who provide exceptional leadership and deliver excellence in practice, education or research.

Dr. Way throughout her career has joined two of her early ambitious midwifery and education together and has spent over 30 years working in midwifery practice, education, research and regulation.

Susan spent eight years employed at the NMC working on a variety of projects including developing standards for midwifery education, practice and statutory supervision. She gained her PhD in 2007 at Bournemouth University and returned to working in education in 2009 taking up the role of Lead Midwife for Education.

Susan is already a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and associate professor.
Currently she enjoys supervising doctoral students  At Bournemouth University whose research is closely linked to practice, where they work two days a week clinically as part of a four-year full time clinical academic programme. Previously, Susan has chaired the LME UK Executive and the RCM Board.
 

26 June, 2018

A midwife from Hertfordshire has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery. Laura Abbott a senior midwifery lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire has received a prestigious RCM Fellowship. This is an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.  Laura qualified as a nurse in 1993 and as a midwife in 2000.

26 June, 2018

 

A new tapestry panel created by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been exhibited for the first time at the New Lanark World Heritage site in Scotland.

The tapestry panel which now forms part of the ‘Great Tapestry of Scotland’ was unveiled at a special ceremony last week and is currently being exhibited at New Lanark until the 1st July 2018 (10am-5pm).  

The RCM tapestry panel marks the Centenary of the Midwives Act (Scotland) 1915.  Over the course of 2015 the panel, supported by a group of expert midwife needle-workers  travelled the length and breadth of Scotland to enable midwives, maternity support workers, student midwives, professors, paediatricians,  anaesthetists, obstetricians, porters and domestic staff to put a stitch in a piece of history.  The final stitch was made by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of The Royal College of Midwives on the 2nd December 2016. This is the first time that the panel has been exhibited as part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

The RCM's tapestry panel has at its centre an image of a mother and baby wrapped in a traditional shawl supported by two midwives from the past and present day. Each corner holds an image considered to be of particular importance to midwives in Scotland. In the top left corner of the panel is a pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. It features in the crest of the Royal College of Midwives. In the top right corner is the Breath of Life rose which, along with other celebrations, marked the Centenary of the Royal College of Midwives in 1981.

 

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