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12 August, 2015

A report by the prison inspectorate has found Yarl's Wood detention centre has contravened Government guidelines by detaining pregnant women.

Responding to the Chief prisons inspector Nick Hardwick’s report that conditions have deteriorated at the immigration removal centre to such an extent that it is a “place of national concern”, Louise Silverton Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said; Once again we are reiterating our calls and RCM asks the Home Office to end the detention of pregnant women at Yarl’s Wood now.”

7 August, 2015
New research published today in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal has revealed that universal iodine supplementation during pregnancy could offer huge savings to the NHS.
The new estimates suggest that introducing iodine supplementation in pregnancy in the UK could save the NHS around £200 per expectant mother.


4 August, 2015

Today the TUC has published a report ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, which shows that night working has grown since the recession, and there are now over three million employees who are regular night-workers in the UK.

4 August, 2015

In a letter to NHS trusts which The Royal College of Midwives has seen, the Health service regulator Monitor  has warned NHS trusts to leave ‘no stoned unturned in a bid find greater savings’ and told them to fill vacancies “only where essential”

28 July, 2015

The relative risks of a baby dying or suffering complications after a vaginal breech delivery are higher than in planned caesarean section, however, the absolute risks are low, suggests a new study published today (29 July) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

23 July, 2015

Today, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills have released their report ‘Pregnancy and Maternity-Related Discrimination and Disadvantage’.

21 July, 2015

Research to be published tomorrow in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) reports on how levels of biomarkers in the blood of pregnant women can be used to predict which women are at risk of pre-eclampsia.

21 July, 2015

In conjunction with the release of a new report today (18:00) by City University and Equality Now on the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) across England and Wales, Trust for London, Equality Now, Rosa - The UK fund for women and girls, and The Royal College of Midwives, are releasing new recommendations for authorities and statutory agencies working to tackle the practice on a local level.

20 July, 2015

A new report to be published today from City University London and Equality Now shows the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in England and Wales.

16 July, 2015

The risks and benefits of a “planned” or “elective” caesarean section are discussed in new Patient Information published today  by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

16 July, 2015

The Royal College of Midwives has welcomed the publication of ‘Learning not blaming’ the Governments response to three reports;

16 July, 2015

Today the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt made a speech at the King’s Fund in London, where he outlined a twenty-five year vision for the NHS. Commenting on Jeremy Hunt’s speech, Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Jeremy Hunt’s long-term  vision for the NHS and for greater empowerment of the people it cares for is admirable and to be welcomed.

16 July, 2015

The Royal College of Midwives today met with other NHS Staff unions representing 1.3 million NHS workers to consider the PRB report on NHS seven day services.

The report has highlighted staff shortages as an obstacle to ensure safe services over seven days. It also stressed the need for staff to be involved in the design and delivery of seven day services as equal partners with managers and patients. 

Commenting on the NHS Pay Review Body report released this morning, Jon Skewes Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: