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14 June, 2018


The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today (Thursday 14th June) announced its support of the People’s Vote campaign on Brexit.

The People's Vote campaign is seeking to ensure that the government's Brexit deal is put before the country in a public vote so that the people of the UK can make their own decision on the final terms of Brexit that may impact their lives.

The RCM believes the economic impact of Brexit will hit the country’s ability to fund improvements in healthcare and to train and recruit not only more midwives, but more frontline NHS staff.

13 June, 2018

Research to be published tomorrow in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that women who smoke and are obese during pregnancy are more likely to have daughters who develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) later in life.

12 June, 2018

The UK’s major midwifery education conference takes place today as the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) holds its annual Education Conference.

11 June, 2018

‘The decision of whether or not to breastfeed is a woman’s choice and must be respected’, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has confirmed today as it publishes a new position statement on infant feeding.

The new position statement from the RCM recommends that balanced and relevant information be given to parents choosing to formula feed their babies, whether exclusively or partially, to enable them to do so safely and with support to encourage good bonding.

The RCM advises that breastfeeding mothers and their partners should be given information and support to help manage the physical, mental, emotional and societal challenges of breastfeeding.

Also, highlighted is the need for maternity units to be appropriately staffed and for sufficient investment to be made in postnatal care to enable each woman to get the support and advice she needs to make informed choices about feeding her baby.

On exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life the RCM confirms this to be most appropriate method of infant feeding and that breastfeeding should continue alongside complementary foods for up to two years, in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UK departments of health recommendations to promote and support breastfeeding.

11 June, 2018

Over the weekend the Scottish Government announced an immediate 3% pay award for all NHS staff on the Agenda for Change pay scale earning up to £80,000. This applies to staff including midwives and nurses.

11 June, 2018

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has responded to a new report by the Welsh Government entitled; ‘A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care’.

8 June, 2018

Midwives and maternity support worker members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have accepted the negotiated proposals for NHS Agenda for Change staff pay. A large majority (85.7%) of respondents voted to accept the negotiated set of proposals for staff in the NHS in England.

31 May, 2018

In light of the result of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland, woman in Northern Ireland now endure one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has long campaigned for women in Northern Ireland to be given the same rights and access to abortion healthcare services as is afforded to women in other parts of the UK.

All women in England, Wales and Scotland can access an abortion if their circumstances fulfil the terms of the Abortion Act 1967.

24 May, 2018

This evening the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will continue its campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030 as it brings together a panel of survivors, experts and activists to discuss Ending FGM: Where Next?.

24 May, 2018

A report on NHS funding has been published today by Health Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies in association with NHS Confederation. The report says that UK health spending will need to increase by £95bn by 2033/34, rising from 7.3% of national income this year to 8.9% of national income, to maintain current service levels: increases of 3.3% a year.

23 May, 2018

A new publication published today (Thursday, 24th May) by the Royal College of Midwives in Scotland highlights the breadth of roles of Scottish midwives. The publication - Midwifery in Scotland – into the 2020s - shows politicians, policy makers and the public just how wide the role of the midwife is. This ranges from working in hospitals, in the community and the home and in urban and rural settings, in specialist roles and in education.

22 May, 2018

The importance of public health and the need to invest in it is the focus of a motion from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Wales at the TUC Wales Conference starting today (Tuesday, 22nd May 2018). The RCM Wales motion focuses on smoking and weight management in pregnancy and the motion is set to be heard on Wednesday, 23rd May. The RCM Wales motion - Public Health an Investment in the Future - will be presented by the RCM Director for Wales Helen Rogers.

15 May, 2018

A long term strategy for Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce has been launched today (Monday 14th May) by the by the Department of Health alongside details of new staffing-related investment.

The health and social care Workforce Strategy 2026: Delivering for Our People sets out goals for a workforce that will match the requirements of a transformed system. It also addresses the need to tackle serious challenges with supply, recruitment and retention of staff.

The Department of Health has also confirmed details of an initial allocation of £15m in workforce development, from the £100m transformation fund for 2018/19.

11 May, 2018

A new report by UNICEF has highlighted global “breastfeeding gaps” between rich and poor and shows UK breastfeeding rates amongst the lowest in the world.

The analysis notes that one in five babies in high-income countries are not breastfed at all, compared to just 1 in 25 in low- and-middle-income countries.

The report also focuses on UK breastfeeding rates being amongst some  of the lowest in the world. 150,000 babies in the UK never receive breastmilk in their life.

10 May, 2018

Research commissioned by a UK child safety group into seatbelt use while pregnant has revealed that 45.9% % of women, when asked whether they knew of the correct way to wear a seat belt while pregnant, said no.

It also found that almost a fifth (19.4%) of women said they sometimes chose not to wear a seat belt at all during pregnancy because of the discomfort.