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27 November, 2015

Junior doctors are set to take strike action in the coming weeks.

26 November, 2015

A report published today by the Twins and Multiple Births Association and NCT reveals wide variations in the care multiple birth mothers and babies receive across England.

26 November, 2015
Chancellor George Osborne yesterday confirmed in his spending review that funding for midwifery and nursing education will now go through a system of loans rather than bursaries.
The RCM now understands that tuition fees of £9,000 per year or more will also be subject to loans for the first time and also be repayable via a loan.
Under the new proposals student midwives could potentially be burdened with £65,000* worth of debt for a three year degree.
Based on information received from the Council Deans today the Royal College of Midwives has learned that yesterdays cost cutting announcement has far greater implications for the future of midwifery than those revealed by George Osborne.
25 November, 2015

Today the Chancellor, George Osbourne, announced additional funding for the NHS in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

25 November, 2015

Today the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published the 2014/15 NHS Maternity Statistics for England. These show a very small fall in the number of births and a slight rise in the caesarean section rate. Alongside this the HSCIC has also published the first of what will be monthly maternity statistics covering areas such as the age of women, their smoking status at the booking appointment and their body mass index.

25 November, 2015

Student midwives and nurses are to stop receiving bursaries under a new cost cutting measure announced today by Chancellor George Osbourne in his spending review.

The termination of funding for student midwives is the latest blow to the midwifery profession. Just last month the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) warned of a ‘retirement time bomb’ in its annual State of Maternity Services Report 2015* with thousands of midwives close to retirement, compounded by an existing shortage of 2,600 midwives in England.

24 November, 2015

Today the BMJ has published a study showing the prevalence of neural tube defects in Europe has not declined substantially in the past 20 years, despite long-standing recommendations for women to take folic acid supplements if planning a pregnancy.

24 November, 2015

A study published today by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has suggested babies born on at the weekend have a ‘slightly’ greater risk of death than those born during the week.

Previous studies have identified a higher risk of death in patients admitted to hospital on weekends (compared with weekdays) across a range of conditions - a phenomenon termed the "weekend effect." But studies on whether obstetric outcomes are associated with day of delivery have given conflicting results.

24 November, 2015

Today IDS Scotland has published statistics on Birth in Scottish Hospitals, showing increases in caesarean rates and levels of obesity in pregnancy.

20 November, 2015

Overspending by NHS trusts in England has risen to 1.6 billon pounds this year, that’s according to the latest figures published today by Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

A rising demand for services and an over reliance on agency staff have been highlighted as some of the main problems costing the NHS.

19 November, 2015

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) today launched its #BeyondBabyBlues campaign. According to their latest research also released today halve of all new mothers are concerned about their mental health.

The parent’s charity says almost one in five callers to their helpline had mental health worries to discuss and almost a third had not spoken to a healthcare professional about their concerns.

The #BeyondBabyBlues campaign aims to encourage people to talk more openly about maternal mental health. The NCT is asking people to show their support for the campaign and for each other on social media by sharing pictures of themselves linking hands with someone else, or even with themselves, under the hashtag #BeyondBabyBlues.

18 November, 2015

Customised labours and birth are now chosen by seven in ten expectant mothers, according to the latest study from UK parenting site Netmums.

Fifty six percent of the 2,000 women they surveyed for this study said they would consider including one of the new wave of alternative birth techniques in their birth plan, including hypno-birthing, medically-unassisted birth, slow Caesarean, silent and outdoor birth.

17 November, 2015

Today (Thursday November19th) the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University has published the MBRACE UK perinatal confidential enquiry report for 2015.

In the UK one in every 200 babies is stillborn and one third of these occur when the pregnancy has reached full term. The report found an overall improvement in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths, but wide variations in rates still exist across the UK. In this report a team of academics, clinicians and charity representatives, from MBRRACE-UK* have identified key steps for hospitals to improve care for mothers and babies.

13 November, 2015

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have joined forces to encourage more pregnant women to come forward for the free flu vaccine this winter.

13 November, 2015

The World Health Organisation estimates that over 3.2 million people in the UK have diabetes and tomorrow Saturday November 14th is World Diabetes Day.

Gestational diabetes is often result of hormonal change and can require a women’s body to need more insulin.