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  • 29 January, 2016
    On Friday 15th January 2016 Luton and Dunstable Branch held a Branch Social evening in a local hall including a raffle, a bar and a disco, attended by 30 branch members.
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    25 January, 2016

    The decision to land student midwives in England with up to £65,000 in loans and debt to cover their tuition fees and living costs was slipped out by the Government at the time of the Chancellor’s Spending Review in November. Thankfully, the Royal College of Midwives spotted it and alerted...

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    22 January, 2016

    Alongside legal and regulatory arguments regarding the removal of the statutory elements of midwifery, there has been a lively and wide ranging discussion of how we, as midwives, can retain those elements recognised by the King’s Fund, to be of value.

    Given that midwifery supervision...

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    21 January, 2016

    This might be a question many of you are asking and, given that you  have always been told the review would be completed by the end of December 2015, a very reasonable one. I was away for 3 weeks over the Christmas and New Year period but kept my phone on, worried that a lot of activity...

  • Jacque Gerrard
    8 January, 2016

    The Royal College of Midwives has been advised by Public Health England that the Influenza virus has now been confirmed to be circulating in the UK. The Chief Medical Officer has issued advice on the use of antiviral medication for those in at risk groups which includes pregnant women.

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    4 January, 2016

    RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick has issued a wish list of her hopes for England’s maternity services in 2016.

    Among her hopes are government commitments to end the midwifery shortage and a rethink of plans to remove bursaries for student midwives.

    Cathy’s list includes the...

  • 23 December, 2015

    Over the past year a number of things have unsettled me. There has though been a common cause for my reaction:  that of missed opportunities, for example, if something had been done differently or better, the outcome may well have been different and an adverse outcome averted.


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    23 December, 2015

    The Midwives (Scotland) Act of 1915, which led to the compulsory registration of midwives and established new standards of midwifery practice. Although many of   these midwives could produce a certificate of training, many others were ‘howdies’, traditional midwives who usually...

  • 16 December, 2015

    On behalf of the Committee to the Benevolent Fund of the RCM Trust, I would like to thank all our generous donors.

    In 2015 the Fund has been able to help over 30 members of the profession, distributing almost £20,000.  A special ‘thank you’ goes to branches, particularly Mansfield...

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    16 December, 2015