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.


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.


RCOG statement on cervical screening awareness week, 9 – 15 June 2013

This week marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW), a UK-wide initiative lead by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to highlight the importance of cervical screening in the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer.

RCOG statement on new research into facial expressions of fetuses

The researchers from Durham and Lancaster Universities took 4D scans of 15 healthy fetuses. They found that fetuses develop from making very simple one-dimensional expressions at 24 weeks to complex multi-dimensional expressions by the time the mother is 36 weeks into her pregnancy.


RCOG statement on emergency caesarean section rates

Experts speaking at Euroanaesthesia, the annual congress of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) say today that there is an increasing need for safe emergency anaesthesia as cases of emergency caesarean section (CS) continue to rise.


RCOG statement on BMJ article on outcomes for elective surgery throughout the week

New research published in the BMJ today (29 May 2013) shows that it is riskier to have an operation at the end of the week than it is at the beginning.

RCOG statement on Baby & You magazine

Baby & You (formerly You and Your Family by CW Publishing) is published by B&Y Publishing Ltd, in association with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and is a free magazine.

RCOG statement on Lancet paper on iodine deficiency during pregnancy

Today The Lancet published a paper looking at the relationship between iodine deficiency during pregnancy and children’s mental development.


RCOG statement: BMA report ‘Growing up in the UK – Ensuring a healthy future for our children’

The BMA has published a report ‘Growing up in the UK – Ensuring a healthy future for our children’ which builds on the BMA’s 1999 report on children’s health and brings together the latest global research.


RCOG statement on the NCT and NFWI report ‘Support Overdue: Women’s Experiences of Maternity Services’

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and NCT have launched a report ‘Support Overdue: Women’s Experiences of Maternity Services’ examining the experiences of 5,500 women who gave birth in the UK in the past five years.


RCOG statement on BJOG study that suggests light drinking in pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in childhood

New research, published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggests light drinking during pregnancy is not linked to adverse behavioural or cognitive outcomes in 7-year-old children.


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