The RCM regularly responds to consultations from the NHS, governments and other organisations on issues that affect maternity services

Our responses aim to represent members' views and provide an expert midwifery perspective to influence decision makers.

Below are some of the consultations affecting maternity services, midwives, maternity support workers, pregnant women and new mums across the UK. We encourage you to also have your say.

The MBRRACE-UK Signs of Life working group was established to develop guidance to support doctors and midwives with the assessment of signs of life for spontaneous births before 24 weeks of pregnancy where active survival-focused care is not appropriate. This guidance aims to reduce the confusion and distress experienced by parents by increasing consistency in how doctors and midwives assess signs of life in newborn babies. It also aims to increase consistency in the registration of births and deaths of these babies.

The guidance document, which is still in development, is now being released for general consultation. It has been developed by the working group in consultation with many stakeholders, including the RCM. The working group is now undertaking this consultation to seek views on the content of the draft guidance to ensure that the guidance is clear, comprehensive and useful for its intended readers.

The MBRRACE-UK Signs of Life working group wish to hear from a wide range of people, including but not limited to: health professionals, government representatives, charities and organisations that work with women and parents.


The consultation will run for a period of 12 weeks from 16 December 2019, closing on 9 March 2020. It is available here

Recent RCM responses to consultations

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

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August 2019

July 2019

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February 2019

January 2019