Campaigning and opinions

The RCOG engages widely with stakeholders through its committees and working groups. Sometimes, it is involved in advocacy (through the Global Health team) and in patient representation (through the RCOG Women's Network). This area of the website provides you with information about the RCOG's views.

Statements

RCOG statement: Lancet study examining the effect of maternal exposure to air pollution on birth weight

A study published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examines the effect of maternal exposure to low concentrations of ambient air pollution on birth weight, as ambient air pollution has previously been associated with restricted fetal growth.

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RCOG statement on Future Hospital Commission report

The Future Hospital Commission, established by the Royal College of Physicians in March 2012, have published the report Future hospital: caring for medical patients.

RCOG statement on the Cochrane review into midwifery-led care

An updated review, published today in The Cochrane Library, suggests that maternity care that involves a midwife as the main care provider leads to less interventions for most women.

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RCOG statement on BMJ study on maternal obesity and risk of heart disease in offspring

A BMJ study published today looks at whether maternal obesity during pregnancy is associated with increased mortality from cardiovascular events in adult offspring.

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RCOG statement on the UNICEF report on FGM trends

A new UNICEF report shows the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in countries where the practice is still common.

RCOG statement on the birth of the royal baby

Today it is announced that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have had a baby boy.

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RCOG statement on Cochrane Review on the timing of cord clamping

A new systematic review by the Cochrane Library published today (11 July 2013) shows that delayed cord clamping results in increased haemoglobin concentration and iron stores in babies.  However, researchers also found that babies who had later cord clamping had a small risk of jaundice, requiring phototherapy.

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RCOG statement on the independent report on Morecambe Bay hospitals

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes the acknowledgement by the Care Quality Commission today that their internal processes have been weak.  Unfortunately, this led to poor local maternity services and avoidable maternal and neonatal deaths at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust in 2010. 

RCOG statement on NSPCC report on perinatal mental health

Today the NSPCC have published a report, Prevention in mind - All Babies Count: Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health, as part of their All Babies Count campaign which aims to raise awareness of the importance of pregnancy and the first year of life to a child’s development.

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RCOG statement on BMJ home birth study

A paper published today in the BMJ, by Dutch researchers, assesses whether low-risk women at the onset of labour with planned home birth have a higher rate of rare but severe maternal outcomes than those with planned hospital births.

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