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4 May, 2018

All this week midwives, maternity support workers, student midwives, RCM branches and midwifery societies across the UK have held local events to celebrate International Day of Midwife (IDM)  2018 with support from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives here in the UK and across the world and tomorrow (Saturday may 5th) many more RCM members will hold events and celebrations to mark IDM 2018.

IDM was first launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 and annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives here in the UK and across the world.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’.

4 May, 2018

Midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) at University Hospital Wishaw (NHS Lanarkshire) this week received royal recognition for their work as Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal visited their award winning maternity service.

The HRH The Princess Royal who is patron of the RCM met with midwives, MSWs, Neonatal midwives and other members of staff from NHS Lanarkshire on Monday (April 30th) during a royal visit.

Her Royal Highness was welcomed on arrival by RCM President, Kathryn Gutteridge, RCM’s Director for Scotland Dr. Mary Ross Davie, RCM’s Chief Executive Gill Walton and Lyn Clyde Director for Midwifery at University Hospital Wishaw.

During the visits HRH The Princess Royal met midwives at the Wishaw’s Early Pregnancy Unit and also viewed their state of the art birthing rooms and training rooms used by student midwives.

In March this year NHS Lanarkshire was named ‘Midwifery Service of the Year’ at the RCM’s Annual Midwifery Awards 2018.

The Maternity team at Wishaw care for women across north and south Lanarkshire and deliver 4,500 babies every year, maternity care is also delivered to approximately another 2,500 women that live within Lanarkshire but choose to deliver in other units nearer to their homes.

Ten midwifery teams provide personalised community care for women with two outlying satellite units offering day care and scanning facilities. Furthermore additional support is offered by specialist midwives in areas such as substance misuse, perinatal and bereavement care.

During her visit The Princess Royal also formally opened the new alongside midwifery unit (AMLU) which will offer a low risk birthing option for women and their families.
 

4 May, 2018

HRH the Princess Royal, Patron of the Royal College of Midwives visited the Maternity Unit at Warrington Hospital on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018. The visit was in recognition of the team being awarded Midwifery Service of the Year by the RCM. The Princess was welcomed by Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mrs. Joelle Warren and guests, RCM President Ms. Kathryn Gutteridge, the Trust’s Chief Executive Mel Pickup, Chairman Steve McGuirk CBE DL and the RCM’s Chief Executive Ms. Gill Walton..

3 May, 2018

A new study published today by The Lancet  which compares child mortality in England and Sweden – two high-income countries with similar levels of economic development and universal healthcare seeks  to understand factors driving higher rates of child mortality in England.

Deaths in children under-5 years old occur one and half times more often in England than in Sweden, according to an inter-country comparison of child mortality including more than 3.9 million English births and 1 million Swedish births, published in The Lancet.

According to the study the difference is largely due to children in England typically weighing less at birth, being born earlier, and having more birth anomalies (such as congenital heart defects) than in Sweden.
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The authors say that public health interventions to help improve the health of mothers before and during pregnancy, as well as reducing socioeconomic disadvantage overall, will be important to improve the health of babies at birth and increase their survival

2 May, 2018

This week, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has launched Wales’s first Specialist Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Pilot Clinic. The specialist service known as the ‘Women’s Wellbeing Clinic’ will be open to all females affected by FGM or who are at potential risk of FGM occurring.

The cultural practice of FGM is widely associated with profound health implications for all females affected and has no health benefits. Until now, females left with both the physical and psychological scars of FGM have not had access to specialist services in Wales.

The Midwifery-led FGM Service will be led by Emily Brace, Specialist FGM Midwife, working in close collaboration with the Consultant Obstetric Team, Designated Child Health Consultant Paediatricians and Third Sector Agency Support.

The clinic will be staffed exclusively by females and held weekly, every Wednesday, at Cardiff Health Access Practice (CHAP), Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI).

Anyone affected by FGM or seeking advice around FGM can self-refer into the clinic or can be referred via a health clinician, third sector agency, the police or social services with the individual’s prior consent.

Any child cases will be seen in a separate clinic, which will run adjacent to the specialist FGM service by the UHB’s Designated Child Health Consultant Paediatricians.

The vision for the service is to ensure that all females impacted by the physical and psychological trauma of the FGM practice are empowered to access culturally sensitive and individualised care management, support and advice.

The clinic will work within National Guidelines and Clinical Standards for Specialist FGM Services, facilitating both the physical and psycho-social elements of care. This includes access to psycho-sexual counselling, interpretation services, as well as community advocacy support. Women’s wider health needs will also be addressed, including an opportunity to access cervical screening, breast screening and contraceptive advice. It is hoped that the clinic will be a trailblazer for best practice across Wales.

The clinic received funding from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, a registered charity that aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research.

The Jean Davies Award is made in honour of Jean Davies who served for many years as a Trustee of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, stepping down in 2012, and in various roles for the RCM during her career. Jean’s focus in her work as a practising midwife and researcher was to help those families experiencing social and economic disadvantage, mainly in her home region, the north-east of England.

The Jean Davies award is intended to fund individuals or teams working specifically to reduce or to investigate inequalities in maternal health.

1 May, 2018

Today the Royal College of Midwives launches its member consultation on the Government’s pay offer.  The online consultation will run from 1st-6th June 2018. The pay agreement will see midwives and maternity support workers receive pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years, and an additional 1.1% in year two of the deal for those on the top of their pay band.  Some staff will see increases of even more.

27 April, 2018

From Monday April 30th pregnant women in Wales will have access to more accurate screening tests for Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s syndromes.

Wales is the first UK nation to introduce Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)across the whole country as an addition to the existing antenatal screening offer.

The test will be offered to women who have taken up the initial offer of screening and are found to be at a higher chance of Down’s, Edward’s or Patau’s syndrome. The NIPT test is offered as an alternative to an invasive test.

27 April, 2018

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a new i-learn module on continuity of carer.  The online learning resource was developed with support from NHS England and aims to help midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) develop a better understanding about continuity of carer in midwifery.

The Better Births National Maternity Review for England and The Best Start review in Scotland recommend that continuity of carer be used as the central model of care in both countries.

To support our members to better understand the importance of this model of care the RCM saw an urgent need to develop a learning resource that would answer a host of important questions.

26 April, 2018

New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show a significant rise in the number of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register. Between April 2017 and March 2018, 3,962 people left – an increase of 29 percent. There continues to be a dramatic drop in those joining the register from the EU. Over the same period 805 EU nurses and midwives joined the register compared with 6,382 the year before – a drop of 87 percent.

23 April, 2018

Commenting on the birth of a baby boy to the Duchess of Cambridge today,  Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “On behalf of the Royal College of Midwives I offer our warmest and heartfelt congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy. through her pregnancy and beyond.”

23 April, 2018

Today the Welsh Government has announced that it will maintain bursaries for those electing to study an eligible health related programme, including midwifery . This arrangement is intended to be in place for those starting their training in September 2019. Commenting, Helen Rogers, Royal College of Midwives Director for Wales, said: “This is very welcome news.  It brings some stability, certainty and much needed financial support for those looking to train as midwives next year. This is vital if we are to attract the best entrants from across our society.

19 April, 2018

Today (Thursday, 19th April 2018) the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has published maps showing that pregnant women and new mums in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services which meet national guidelines.

According to the MMHA maps just  28% of areas in Wales are showing green on the map meaning specialist perinatal mental health services are available for women in that area, but not elsewhere in Wales.

18 April, 2018

Today the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has published maps showing that pregnant women and new mums in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services which meet national guidelines. The maps show that in England 51% of areas are green (106 areas) on the map. This means specialist perinatal mental health services are available for women in that area.

18 April, 2018

Today  the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has published maps showing that pregnant women and new mums in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services which meet national guidelines. According to the MMHA just 7% of areas in Scotland are showing green on the map meaning specialist perinatal mental health services are available for women in that area.

18 April, 2018

 

Today (Thursday 19th April) the Maternal Mental Health Alliance(MMHA)Everyone’s Business Campaign has launched new maps which show that pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still cannot access lifesaving specialist perinatal mental health services, which meet national guidelines.

According to this new data, pregnant women and new mothers in 24% of the UK still have no access to specialist perinatal mental health services (rated red on the map).

The MMHA maps illustrate accessibility to specialist perinatal mental health services which vary widely across the UK. Geographical areas highlighted in green indicate provision of services and Northern Ireland currently has zero areas highlighted in green.

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