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12 November, 2015

Today the Lancet has published new research that shows that despite substantial progress, the world fell short of the maternal mortality target in the Millennium Development Goals.

11 November, 2015

Every Trust with maternity services should have a specialist maternal mental health midwife says the Royal College of Midwives in a new publication published today. This comes as the RCM also launches an e-network for health professionals working in perinatal mental health. Both have received funding from the Department of Health.

The new publication supported by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance outlines standards for specialist maternal mental health midwives, and has been launched at the Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference.*

10 November, 2015

The maternity system failings identified in the Kirkup Report that led to the deaths of mothers and babies “could be happening elsewhere”.  The comment came from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Chief Executive Cathy Warwick in her speech to the RCM annual conference this morning.

Running through the speech and at its heart were the themes of care being women-centred and safe.

2 November, 2015

Public Heath England today launched a campaign to encourage more mothers to breastfeed in public. Start4Life also released findings of its most recent survey to coincide with the launch of a new series of animated short films that support the campaign for breastfeeding in public.

2 November, 2015

 Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) today join their TUC colleagues from across the UK at Westminster for the rally and lobby of MPs against the trade union bill.

The RCM believes the bill fundamentally undermines midwives, MSWs and other workers’ right to protest against unfair changes to pay, pensions and working conditions. It also affects unions’ ability to prevent job losses and cuts to services.

30 October, 2015

From this Saturday October 31st the duty of all midwives and healthcare professionals to report suspected cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) will become mandatory. The duty will require all midwives in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in girls under eighteen to the Police.

30 October, 2015

Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have raised £25,000 to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Since 2012 RCM has been working with Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON) to strengthen midwifery and improve the healthcare of women and babies in Nepal.

28 October, 2015

Today ISD Scotland has published breastfeeding statistics for the financial year 2104/15.

27 October, 2015

It is being reported that there will be delays by trusts in England in introducing the new rules for revalidation by midwives and nurses.

26 October, 2015

Record numbers of births to older mothers are putting maternity units under intense pressure as midwifery faces a ‘retirement time bomb’, according to the State of Maternity Services Report 2015 from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), to be launched in Parliament later today (Tuesday 27th October).

The number of babies born in England and Wales to women in their thirties and forties was up 6,859 in 2014. Births to women in their early thirties (30-34) have been above 200,000 in each year since 2010, a level not seen since at least the 1930s.

22 October, 2015

Five outstanding healthcare workers from across the UK were today (22nd October) recognised for their contribution to the health of black and ethnic minority (BME) communities with the Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards. The winners were announced today at a ceremony held by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in London.

The awards were first created in 1994 and honour Mary Seacole who made a significant contribution to nursing in the 19th century. Today’s awards are jointly funded by the Department of Health and NHS Employers, who work in partnership with Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, UNISON, and Unite.

19 October, 2015

Today BabyCentre has published the findings of a survey on women’s experience of antenatal depression. The survey found that the stigma attached to mental illness is stopping pregnant women who are frequently experiencing symptoms of antenatal depression from seeking treatment and support from healthcare professionals.

16 October, 2015

A report published today by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group has called on the Government to close the gap in smoking in pregnancy rates between rich and poor.

The report also sets out recommendations for how a new Government strategy could nearly halve the current rate of smoking in pregnancy over the next five years.

Some of the recommendations include a call for more clarity about the roles local authorities and NHS England play in tackling smoking during pregnancy. It has also been proposed that ‘a  robust and consistent national data collection system be implemented across the country, with all pregnant women CO screened at the booking appointment and this recorded to identify smokers and/or those at risk from CO exposure’.

16 October, 2015
Anti-Slavery Day takes place this Sunday October 18th and aims to raise awareness towards eradicating modern day slavery. In March 2015, the Modern Slavery Bill gained Royal Assent becoming the second piece of anti-slavery legislation in 200 years to be enacted in the UK.


15 October, 2015

Public health England and NHS England today launched their largest flu vaccination programme to date. Todays launch marks the start of the NHS ‘Stay well this winter’ campaign. 

As in previous years, the adult flu vaccine will also be offered for free to pregnant women and those who are at particular risk of infection.