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22 June, 2017

Today research published by the University of Edinburgh says that specialist antenatal clinics for  severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy  complications,  and that women who received the specialist care were eight times less likely to have a stillbirth.

22 June, 2017

Today (Thursday, 22nd June) a report from MBRACE-UK finds that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015. A current Government ambition is to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030.

Commenting on the findings, Mandy Forrester, Head of Quality and Standards at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is a welcome reduction and things are moving in the right direction but there is still much more to do if we are going to match the lower stillbirth rates of other European countries.

“There is rightly a need to tackle neonatal death rates which have not fallen as much as the stillbirth rate. However, there is clearly a need to put even greater efforts into reducing both.  

“The variation in stillbirth rates across the UK remains a concern. This could be because of the socio-economic wellbeing of communities, and we know inequality is linked to higher stillbirth rates and poorer outcomes for the baby. It may also be in the quality of local services and this needs investigation. It is imperative that we learn from each of these tragic deaths.  Health services must strive to learn from each other about the best ways to prevent this. Sharing success stories and strategies is key to this.

“Some of these deaths will be avoidable and for all losses, we must never lose sight of the devastating impact a tragedy like this will have on parents and families, who will need skilled bereavement care. It is also a concern that some midwives undertaking bereavement care are having the number of hours they can perform this role reduced

 

"We also need to be ensuring women get continuity of carer – that is the woman seeing the same midwife or small group of midwives throughout and after her pregnancy. This way the midwife will get to know the woman and will be more readily able to spot changes in her condition. Fragmented care in pressurised and overstressed services means that things can be missed.

 

 

22 June, 2017

 

The results of a research to be published today (Thursday, 22nd June 2017) by the NCT shows that nearly half (42%) of new mothers’ mental health problems did not get picked up by a doctor or other health professional.

Commenting on the NCT findings, Mary Ross-Davie, a Director at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “These are worrying results that highlight the lack of support for mothers after the birth. The RCM’s own Pressure Points report in 2014* on maternal mental health identified real gaps in care for women suffering with mental health issues in pregnancy and after the birth, and there appears to have been little progress made since then,"
 

20 June, 2017

A report Everyday Interactions, to be published tomorrow (00.01 Wednesday, 21stJune 2017) by Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), aims to support healthcare professionals – including midwives -  to record and measure their public health impact.

20 June, 2017

Today, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) has published its annual report from its Each Baby Counts initiative. The report identifies adherence to best practice on fetal monitoring as the key to reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth.

The Each Baby Counts report also identifies best practice on fetal monitoring and neonatal care was also identified as crucial to proving best outcomes.

20 June, 2017

A group of midwives from Wales are proudly flying the Welsh flag as they represent the country at the International Congress of Midwives (ICM) in Toronto, Canada this week, from 18th to 22nd June. The ICM takes place every three years in a different country and is the most important and biggest gathering of midwives in the world. The event attracts 2000 midwives from across the globe.

20 June, 2017

Today the Kicks Count charity is  warning of the potential dangers of Home Doppler machines for pregnant women. The machines are used to check for the developing baby’s heartbeat.

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.

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