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16 September, 2015

Research will be published today (Wednesday, 16th September 2015) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG), on the use of antidepressants during pregnancy. The research shows no long-term effects of antidepressant use during pregnancy, but the risk of significant blood loss during childbirth is increased.

10 September, 2015

Two motions from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) covering the rights of pregnant workers and the value of midwifery services are being presented at the TUC Congress in Brighton next week. The RCM have also put forward amendments to motions on mental health services and government attacks on trade unions.

10 September, 2015

A report published today from the University of East Anglia found that mothers who quit smoking in pregnancy are more likely to light-up again after their baby is born if they feel stressed.

9 September, 2015

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today responded to the three Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultations on the Trade Union Bill.  The RCM’s responses outline its concerns about the consequences of the Bill, its serious flaws and calls for the Bill to be rethought.

8 September, 2015

Today a UN study published in The Lancet reveals substantial progress in child mortality, but the world has missed Millennium Development Goal 4 Target.

8 September, 2015

The difficulties faced by pregnant  refused asylum in the UK is the topic of a talk today by Royal College of Midwives Chief Executive Cathy Warwick. The talk is being given at the launch of advice for health staff  on ‘Housing and financial support for pregnant women who have been refused asylum’ by Maternity Action.

8 September, 2015

The Global team at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) today launched a recruitment drive for midwives to join their latest project MOMENTUM: developing a MOdel of MENTorship for Ugandan Midwifery students. The RCM received funding from UK AID, managed through the Health Partnership Scheme by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).  MOMENTUM will see 6 RCM members recruited as volunteers on a programme which will run for 20 months.

7 September, 2015

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched its campaign pack for RCM members in support of the TUC’s Protect The Right To Strike campaign. The campaign is calling on the Government to rethink their plans on the Trade Union Bill.

3 September, 2015

Public Health England is today calling for pregnant women to take up the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine, to protect themselves and their babies from this serious disease.

3 September, 2015

Today Diabetes UK has issued a new guide on gestational diabetes encouraging women to keep to a healthy weight when trying to conceive.

1 September, 2015

Responding to Monitor’s announcement about controlling agency staffing, Jon Skewes, Director of Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives said:

“We understand that Monitor are trying their best to address the spiralling cost of agency staffing but this is too little, too late. The NHS spent £3.3billion on agency staffing in the last year, a rise in cost of more than ten times in last two years. We need an effective and sustainable solution, not a sticking plaster.”

24 August, 2015

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have devised an innovative grant programme in association with our official research partners Wellbeing of Women and this funding will enable midwives to further develop research surronding pregnancy, maternity services and midwifrey aswell as studying  women’s health from an international perspective.

As a result of this partnership RCM and Wellbeing of women successfully applied to the Burdett Trust for further funding to develop this year’s grant programme. 

14 August, 2015

A charity that campaigns to end domestic abuse against women and children has been named the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) charity of the year.

The charity, Women’s Aid, has been campaigning against domestic abuse and supporting survivors for over 40 years. The RCM has also been working and campaigning to raise awareness of this issue so this partnership is a natural fit for both organisations. Domestic abuse against women often increases or starts in pregnancy and the statistics around domestic abuse and pregnancy are startling:

•Over 30% of domestic abuse starts in pregnancy and it escalates in situations where abuse already exists. 

•More than 14% of maternal deaths occur in women who have told their health professional they are in an abusive relationship.

•40-60% of women experiencing domestic violence are abused while pregnant

14 August, 2015

Two midwives, Jaki Lambert and Terry Kana, from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), have won the International Fellowship Award (IFA) with the aim of enabling midwives to further develop research interests in midwifery, maternity services, pregnancy, childbirth and women’s health from an international perspective.

13 August, 2015

Research published today by the University of Edinburgh shows stillbirths have dropped by almost eight per cent since the smoking ban was introduced.

Researchers looked at information on more than ten million births in England between 1995 and 2011 and their findings suggest that almost 1,500 new-born deaths and stillbirths were prevented in the first four years after the smoking ban was introduced.