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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.

26 May, 2017

A team of midwives and maternity support workers (MSW) from Airedale NHS Foundation trust have won a national pedometer challenge organised by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The Challenge was part of the RCM’s Caring for You Campaign. Through collaborations with hospitals across the UK this aims to improve staff health and wellbeing.

19 May, 2017

Ashford’s William Harvey Maternity Unit is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to enhance the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The unit is part of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

18 May, 2017

Today (Thursday, 18th May) a conference - Policing Pregnancy: Who Should be a Mother? - organised by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS), Birthrights, and Engaging Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), will discuss the issue of alcohol in pregnancy. 

17 May, 2017

Today new research published in European Respiratory Journal indicates that breastfeeding could play a role in preventing wheezing in the first year of life. Researchers studied 2773 infants from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development birth cohort. 

17 May, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) annual Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture will this year be delivered by RCM’s President, Professor Lesley Page CBE.

The lecture which takes place in Oxford on June 6th will be the prestigious platform that Professor Page will also bid farewell to her role as RCM President.

Entitled; Midwives and our future: How can midwives be leaders and agents of change for a better future? Professor Page will consider what individual woman, and babies and families need from maternity services and the distinct and crucial contribution midwives play in meeting these needs.

The lecture will discuss recent UK maternity policy and the emerging science relating to maternal health, the physiological and psychological basis of relationships and wellbeing and the longer term health of women and babies. She will argue that these present midwifery with challenges but importantly opportunities to create the best start in life for women and their families.

Personalised care was high on the recommendations in the recently published; Better Births National Maternity Review for England, so it is fitting that this lecture encompasses the crucial need for midwives to place women and their families at the centre of their maternity care.

Zepherina Veitch was the original founder of modern professional midwifery saw the effects of poverty and inequalities on the health and well being of women and children and understood the important part that a well regulated midwifery profession played in alleviating the impact of these.

This event will also see the investiture of the newly elected RCM President and the presentation of the RCM Fellowships. This event is open to all RCM members from across the UK.

14 May, 2017

Commenting on the result of the RCN’s survey about pay restraint Jon Skewes the RCM’s director of policy, employment relations and communications said: “NHS staff have now seen seven years of pay restraint and with at least another three years on the horizon. Continuing pay restraint is a disastrous, unsustainable policy for maternity services and the NHS. We are working with other NHS trade unions to break the Government’s policy of pay restraint.

11 May, 2017

Today, the Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) from each of the four countries of the UK, supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), have come together to set out what professionalism means for nurses and midwives in a new document ‘Enabling professionalism in nursing and midwifery practice’. 

5 May, 2017

Today thousands of midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) held RCM events across the UK to celebrate International day of the Midwife (IDM) 2017.

Annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives, maternity support workers and student midwifes across the globe.

The theme for this year’s IDM 2017 celebration was Midwives, Mother and Families.

Over the past few months The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been encouraging and supporting its members to hold celebratory events to mark the occasion in style with a variety of resources including themed tea party packs.

A variety of events held in all four countries ranged from; a call the midwife themed bike ride, ‘cake and conversation study day’ to many RCM Caring For You themed tea parties and a mother, midwife and baby walk, to name just a few.

The RCM’s ‘Great Midwifery Cake Off’ proved most popular again this year with hundreds of maternity and midwifery  themed cakes baked and now entered into the competition that the RCM runs annually for all its members.

Local events were hosted at  maternity units, local RCM branches and  student midwifery societies with many RCM staff in attendance to celebrate alongside RCM members.

This year’s winner of Maternity Service of the Year at RCM’s Annual Midwifery Awards 2017; Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received a special visit from RCM Chief Executive Cathy Warwick who joined with them in celebrating IDM 2017 today.