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31 July, 2017


Today (August 1st) marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week 2017 and this years theme is sustaining breastfeeding together.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is supporting this years week of awareness which runs until Monday August 7th.

Commenting, Claire Livingstone Professional Policy Advisor at the RCM says; “The RCM is happy to once again support this global initiative which promotes and raises awareness of the benefits and advantages of breastfeeding.


28 July, 2017


Maternity services at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have become the latest trust in England to sign up to The Royal College of Midwives (RCMs) health and well being campaign, Caring for You.

The campaign which  was launched in June 2016 as a direct response to the needs of overworked midwives right across the UK has proved incredibly successful to date with over 80 percent of trust with maternity services now signed up to the campaigns charter.

The ethos being that if midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and all other maternity staff are allocated and take time to improve their health and well being, they in turn will be able to provide better care for women, their babies and families.

Signing the Charter means the trust will commit to working with the RCM’s health and safety representatives as well as committing to five key principles;

  • Work in partnership with the RCM Health and Safety Representative to develop and implement an action plan about health, safety and wellbeing issues that are important to the maternity workforce and maternity service users.
  • Ensure that midwives and maternity support workers have access to a variety of shift patterns and flexible working and promote a positive workplace culture around working time including taking breaks.
  • Foster a positive working environment for all by signing up to the RCM/RCOG statement of commitment calling for zero tolerance policy on undermining and bullying behaviours.
  • Enable midwives and maternity support workers to access occupational health and other organisational policies for their mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing.

There is also a strong focus on fostering a positive working environment, which incudes a zero tolerance approach to undermining and bullying behaviours amongst staff.


27 July, 2017

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published a joint Consensus Statement on Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM).

The statement lays out the RCMs and RCOGs position on EFM and outlines the current guidelines and recommendations around it.

The official evidence based guidance* around EFM says that it is not routinely recommended for healthy women at low risk of complications in established labour. The fetal heart rate is instead measured intermittently during established labour using a handheld monitor.

EFM is most commonly recommended where there are complications, such as where a baby is compromised through poor placental function and the baby is growth restricted.

One of the key messages in the statement is that the results of EFM are often difficult to interpret and should not be used alone to make clinical decisions. Referencing the RCOG Each Baby Counts report, the statement says that key management decisions during labour should take into account a number of relevant factors. These include the mother’s history, stage and progress in labour, any antenatal risk factors and any other signs the baby may not be coping with labour. EFM is one part of an often more complex picture.

The report also recognises the importance of the ‘fresh eyes’ ** approach to EFM, whereby a midwife or obstetrician regularly reviews a fetal heart trace with a colleague. This is now accepted good practice and helps to reduce the chances of misinterpreting fetal heart trace results. The ‘fresh eyes’ approach is used when a decision has been made for a woman in labour to have continuous EFM.

27 July, 2017


A report* released today by Audit Scotland has said that Scotland’s government and health boards have failed to plan effectively for long-term staffing challenges.

The report, by Auditor General Caroline Gardner, said ‘it was vital that the government and NHS bosses plan more effectively for the future’.


26 July, 2017

The Supreme Court today has ruled that workplace tribunal fees are unlawful.

The Government will now have to repay thousands of workers who had paid for cases surrounding discrimination, unfair dismissal and other work place issues.

The trade union Unison took the case to the Supreme Court on behalf of not only their members, but all workers.

25 July, 2017

New figures have revealed today that the average midwifery and nursing role advertised in the NHS is only drawing three applications.

Experimental statistics from NHS Digital show that there were 30,613 advertisements for vacancies for full-time positions published in England in March 2017 - a rise from 26,424 in 2016 and 26,406 in 2015.

21 July, 2017

A call has gone out from the Royal College of Midwives in Northern Ireland for midwives and mothers from all over Ireland to share their pregnancy and birth memories for the 100th anniversary of the Midwives (Ireland) Act in 2018. The call to mothers and midwives in Ireland comes as the RCM in Northern Ireland prepares a series of events in 2018 to celebrate 100 years of the Midwives (Ireland) Act.  The RCM will be organising a number of events, some of them in collaboration with their colleagues in the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

20 July, 2017

Today  The Point of Care Foundation has published a new briefing - Behind Closed Doors - , highlighting that NHS staff have become the shock absorbers of an NHS under chronic strainThe Point of Care Foundation argues that the hard truths learned through the Francis Inquiry are in danger of being forgotten in the light of unprecedented, continuing, and seemingly endless service pressures. They call on organisations to prioritise staff experience and to strengthen efforts to protect staff from stress and burnout.

18 July, 2017


Today (Wednesday 19th of July) The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published a new report entitled; Every mother must get the help they need*.

The report is inspired by Lucie Holland’s 2015 Change.org petition. Lucie Holland’s sister died in tragic circumstances as a result of a devastating mental illness.  Lucie subsequently set up a Change.org petition in 2015 about the urgent need for better awareness and care for those affected by perinatal mental illness. This petition went viral with thousands of signatures, and many people left heartfelt comments about their own experiences.

The RCM and its partners have analysed and collated all the comments to form the report which will be launched and discussed at a Perinatal Mental Health roundtable event hosted by the RCM in London later today. The roundtable discussion will be  chaired by Professor Lesley Regan from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

18 July, 2017

A report on the training needs of the maternity workforce related to tackling smoking in pregnancy has been published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The report provides an analysis of the training that midwives and obstetricians receive to address smoking in pregnant women, and what further training is needed.

12 July, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today launched its ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign. This calls on the Government to end pay restraint in the NHS and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff. The launch comes as the RCM’s Activists Conference takes place in Bristol today (Thursday, 13th July 2017).

12 July, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today launched its ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign. This calls on the Government to end pay restraint in the NHS and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff. The launch comes as the RCM’s Activists Conference takes place in Bristol today (Thursday, 13th July 2017).

12 July, 2017

Research by the Scottish Conservatives published today shows that bonuses were paid to thousands of leading NHS consultants last year, averaging more than £15,000 per head. The statistics – obtained through Freedom of Information – show £43,038,750 was paid to 2858 recipients in the last 12 months.

7 July, 2017

‘The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) was advised yesterday by concerned RCM midwife members from the Dr Gray’s unit on the proposed changes to maternity services in the Moray area.

7 July, 2017

Today Cardiff University has published research which found that peer support for breastfeeding mothers is not available in many areas of the UK. Peer support was only available in 56% of NHS Trust/NHS Health Board areas. The research is published in the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition. Commenting on the research Sarah Fox, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The UK still lags often significantly behind many other European countries on breastfeeding rates. This is not good enough.