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3 February 2016

RCOG statement and Q&A: Zika virus infection and pregnancy

The RCOG are fully aware of the Zika virus outbreak in South and Central America and the Caribbean, which has now been declared a "public health emergency of international concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).


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29 January 2016

Interim clinical guidelines on Zika virus infection and pregnancy

The College has worked closely with the RCM, PHE and HPS to produce guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy (PDF, 231.4 kb) for healthcare professionals.

29 January 2016

RCOG release: New audit on the prevention of GBS

Recommendations for improvements in care in the prevention of early-onset Group B Streptococcal disease are identified in the second and final part of an audit by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

26 January 2016

RCOG statement: Cervical cancer prevention week

This week (24-30 January) is cervical cancer prevention week (CCPW), a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. It aims to highlight symptoms and causes of cervical cancer and the importance of vaccination and cervical screening (smear test) in preventing cervical cancer. 


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20 January 2016

RCOG policy briefing: Pregnant women planning travel to Zika affected areas

Further to the RCOG policy briefing: Zika virus in pregnancy, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new advice on travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.


20 January 2016

BJOG release: Depression of either parent linked to premature birth

Depression in both expectant mothers and fathers increases the risk of premature birth, finds a study published in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).


19 January 2016

RCOG response to The Lancet: Ending preventable stillbirths series

The Lancet has published a five-paper series on ending preventable stillbirths. The series reports on the present state of stillbirths, highlights missed opportunities, and identifies actions for accelerated progress to end preventable stillbirths and reach 2030 maternal, neonatal, and child survival targets. 


15 January 2016

RCOG response to UKNSC recommendation on NIPT testing for high-risk women

The UK National Screening Committee has published 11 recommendations including improvements to existing screening programmes. This includes introducing non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) as an additional test to the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP).


13 January 2016

RCOG policy briefing: New advice on alcohol consumption levels in pregnancy

The Chief Medical Officers of all four nations of the UK have published (8 January 2016) new guidelines on alcohol consumption.


12 January 2016

RCOG response to Government’s pledge for revolution in mental health treatment

The Government has announced almost a billion pounds of investment for mental health treatment including £230m for specialist support for mothers during and after pregnancy and the first ever waiting time targets for teenagers with eating disorders. 


8 January 2016

RCOG response to the Chief Medical Officer Alcohol Guidelines

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ have proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with the consumption of alcohol.


16 December 2015

RCOG policy briefing: Zika virus in pregnancy

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a briefing note to healthcare professionals about the increase in Zika virus (ZIKV) in parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands because of a potential association between infection with ZIKV in pregnant women and increased risk of congenital and neurological complications to the fetus.    


9 December 2015

BJOG release: Smoking in pregnancy “affects boys’ fitness in later life”

Mothers who smoke are putting more than their own health at risk, suggests a study published today in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). Young men whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had lower aerobic fitness compared to those whose mothers did not.


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