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1 June, 2015

Today research has been published in JAMA Pediatrics, suggesting that breastfeeding may lower the risk of childhood leukemia.

28 May, 2015

A formal application is being made by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to affiliate to the TUC.


27 May, 2015

Responding to the omission of a Bill in today’s Queen’s Speech that would introduce reforms to Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) legal framework, Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said:

27 May, 2015

As announced in the Queen’s Speech the Government hopes to push into law a new definition of what constitutes a legitimate win in a democratic vote

The bill proposes any trade union ballot result calling for strike action will have to have achieved a turnout of at least 50 per cent, plus any strike vote will have to have been backed by at least 40 per cent of all those eligible to vote, not just those who cast a vote.

21 May, 2015

The Ealing Clinical Commissioning (CCG) group has announced that the maternity unit at Ealing Hospital will close on 1st July.

21 May, 2015

Paracetamol is the primary medicine used for managing pain and fever during pregnancy and now research by the University of Edinburgh has found prolonged paracetamol use by pregnant women may reduce testosterone production in unborn baby boys.


12 May, 2015

Today (Tuesday 12th May) the Business Secretary Sajid Javid said that the Government will introduce tougher new rules on strike ballots. Proposals include a 50% turnout and a 40% threshold of all eligible members voting for strike action.

12 May, 2015

A study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  found that spending less than £5 per pregnant woman on self-hypnosis for labour makes little difference to pain but reduces anxiety and fear about birth. The study was led by Professor Soo Downe from the University of Central Lancashire.

11 May, 2015

Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives, said: We will work with the new Government to honour their manifesto pledge to improve mental health services for pregnant women - during and after the birth of their babies.

7 May, 2015

“Midwives: for a better tomorrow”- An Earth quake shatter- Today’s service at Bhaktapur Temporary Shelter

On this International Day of the Midwife, May 5, 2015, Nepal faced devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th of April which has claimed loss of > 8000 lives, displaced thousands of people and massive structural damage in the capital Kathmandu and elsewhere.

1 May, 2015

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) wishes to clarify the situation on pay for HSC staff following reports of a statement on pay by the Executive.

30 April, 2015

Midwives and maternity support worker (MSW) members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) turned out in large numbers today to take part in strike action in a dispute over pay.

29 April, 2015

Tomorrow morning (Thursday, 30th April) members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Northern Ireland will start industrial action with a four-hour strike from 8am-12pm, along with members of the Society of Radiographers.

29 April, 2015

Midwives from across the UK will gather in Edinburgh for a Royal College of Midwives conference celebrating midwifery on International Day of the Midwife on 5th May. The conference will have a global focus and will look at challenges facing midwifery and mothers and babies across the world.

29 April, 2015

Cathy Warwick the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will be visiting Beckenham to re-launch the RCM’s Kings College Hospital, Bromley and Bexley union branch at Beckenham Beacon Hospital.