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7 July, 2015

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common, ranging from 20% to 80% among those questioned in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, that’s according to a new study due to published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The findings also reveal that expectant mums were significantly more likely to be drinkers if they were also smokers.

30 June, 2015

Today CMV Action has published a report "We need to talk about CMV" . This sets out the latest evidence on congenital CMV, a leading cause of birth defects, and recommends how the burden of disease could be reduced. 

25 June, 2015

Today the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published new Patient Information on pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

25 June, 2015

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has formally become an affiliate to the TUC. The RCM is the first Royal College to be a member of the TUC. The decision was made yesterday afternoon by the TUC General Council.

19 June, 2015

The NCT has published survey results showing that more than 1 in 3 new fathers are concerned about their mental health.

18 June, 2015

New figures published today by the Health and Social care information centre (HSCIC) show that more than one in 10 babies are born to mothers you smoke. The statistics indicate that almost 12 percent of women were recorded to as smokers at the time of giving birth in 2014-2015.

There was significant regional variation with 2.1% of women reported as smoking at the time of delivery in Central London while 27.2% were smoking at the end of their pregnancy in Blackpool.  

12 June, 2015
The Royal College of Midwives is delighted that significant contributions by midwives Louise Silverton, Professor Paul Lewis (Bournemouth University) and Janet Fyle have been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours list 2015 which was published today.
Louise Silverton who will receive a CBE for her services to midwifery, maternal and child health has been a member of the RCM for her entire midwifery career and is the RCM 
Director for Midwifery, she has made an enormous contribution to midwifery care across the UK and globally.
 
11 June, 2015

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published its formal response to The Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation into maternity services at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, led by Dr Bill Kirkup.

9 June, 2015

Today the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University has published the MBRACE UK perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2013. The report found an overall improvement in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths, but wide variations in rates across the UK.

9 June, 2015

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today called on the government to impose an annual levy on tobacco companies that would pay for evidence-based measures to reduce smoking.Recommendations include plans to tackle smoking cessation during pregnancy and after child birth, along with reducing smoking in pregnant women to 8 per-cent by 2020.

8 June, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne yesterday announced plans to bring down public debt by £4.5bn. Among the savings listed by the Treasury is £200m, which is expected to come from the Department of Health’s “non NHS” budget and this is reported to be from public health funding.

 

5 June, 2015

Today (Friday, 5th June) The Lancet has published the results of a new Commission on women and health. It found that women are contributing around $3 trillion to global health care, but nearly half of this(2.35% of global GDP) is unpaid and unrecognised.

4 June, 2015

Today a new Northwestern Medicine review of 10 current published research studies on placentophagy did not turn up any human or animal data to support the common claims that eating the placenta -- either raw, cooked or encapsulated -- offers protection against postpartum depression, reduces post-delivery pain, boosts energy, helps with lactation, promotes skin elasticity, enhances maternal bonding or replenishes iron in the body.

3 June, 2015

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have today released their annual report into trade union membership statistics. The statistics show a significant difference in the gender pay gap in unionised workplaces compared to non unionised workplaces.

The figures show that the gender pay gap in unionised workplaces is 6.2 per cent compared to 22.2 per cent in non-unionised workplaces.

2 June, 2015

Women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to have gestational diabetes, and this also helps to reduce maternal weight gain, finds a study published today (3 June) in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

 

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