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19 June, 2017

Today registration opens for Scotland’s Baby Box scheme.  Parents of babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will receive a baby box.Commenting on the initiative, Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Scotland at the Royal College of midwives, said: “This is an initiative that has the RCM’s support and we welcome any commitment by the Scottish Government that will give babies born in Scotland the best possible start in life.

19 June, 2017

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and other NHS trade unions have written to Theresa May calling on her to end her policy of public sector pay restraint and address the significant fall in the value of NHS pay.

15 June, 2017

The number of pregnant women in England smoking at the time of delivery has fallen according to statistics - covering April 2016 to March 2017 - published today by NHS Digital. Commenting on the statistics, Sarah Fox, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “These are encouraging figures and we need to see this downward trend continue. Smoking is one of the main contributors to stillbirths and if we can reduce the numbers smoking in pregnancy even further we can make a contribution to reducing stillbirth rates.

14 June, 2017

Today the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has published its State of Child Health – Northern Ireland report. The report brings together data for the first time on 25 measures of child health including risk factors such as obesity and low breastfeeding rates.

14 June, 2017

Research published today in the BMJ says that ‘Women should be encouraged to obtain a normal body weight before conception’. It also suggests that risks of major birth defects during the first year of life progressively increase with a mother’s overweight and obesity severity.

13 June, 2017

Today the Royal College of Midwives has co-signed a letter – along with a wide coalition of organisations - sent to Prime Minister Theresa May.

13 June, 2017

Today data published by the Office for National Statistics showed an increase in the Inflation Rate to 2.9%. Commenting, Jon Skewes, Royal College of Midwives Director of Policy, Employment Relations and Communications said:  “This rise will be yet another blow to hard-working midwives and other NHS staff who have suffered years of pay freezes and pay restraint, many of whom are now many thousands of pounds worse off because of this.

12 June, 2017

Today the Health Foundation have published the results of a freedom of information request which revealed a 96% drop in the number of nurses, midwives and health visitors from the EU registering to practice in the UK since July last year. Commenting on the findings, Jon Skewes, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “This is a staggering drop and one that worries the RCM greatly. We said before the referendum that we feared it would put off potential midwives coming to the UK and this is proving to be the case.

7 June, 2017

A midwife from Warrington has received a national honour from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery. Dr Tracey Cooper has received a prestigious Fellowship from the RCM. Tracey is Head of Midwifery at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

7 June, 2017

A midwife from Kent has received a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery. Áine Alam has received a prestigious Fellowship from the RCM. This is an honour given to just a handful of midwives each year.  Áine is a midwife at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

7 June, 2017

A Consultant Midwife from Birmingham has been elected by the members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) as their next President.

Kathryn Gutteridge will replace Professor Lesley Page who has been in place as the RCM’s President since 2012.

Kathryn was formally inaugurated at the RCM’s 19th  Annual Zepherina Veitch Lecture which took place yesterday (Tuesday June 6th) in Oxford and is currently a Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Kathryn is an established Consultant Midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS and has also worked in many diverse settings including neonatal services and community midwifery care. 

Passionate about women’s issues and particularly in relation to childbearing, Kathryn has a reputation for representing women’s psychological and mental wellbeing during this vulnerable stage of their lives. 

Kathryn is also an experienced author and presenter on both the national and international circuit, specialising in emotional wellbeing during childbirth and women maintaining control over their choices during pregnancy.

2 June, 2017

Breastfeeding after a caesarean section may help manage pain, with mothers who breastfed their babies for at least 2 months after the operation three times less likely to experience persistent pain compared to those who breastfed for less than 2 months, that’s according to new research being presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia Congress in Geneva (3-5 June).

 

 

1 June, 2017

Seven new midwives have joined the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) board following board elections. Two existing board members have also been re-elected to the RCM Board. The new Board take up their roles on 1st September 2017.

30 May, 2017

Research from the University of British Columbia, Canada and colleagues in PLOS Medicine to be published today suggests that older mothers have higher rates of severe complications in childbirth.

30 May, 2017

Better outcomes for pregnant women tops the list of five ‘asks’ in the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Manifesto for the upcoming UK General Election, published today.

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