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12 October 2017

Each Baby Counts report finds solutions to tackle baby deaths and brain injuries

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) has today published the first full Each Baby Counts report [link] into all stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occurred during childbirth in 2015.

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11 October 2017

Study suggests epidural does not slow second stage of labour

A study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology, showed that the use of epidural analgesia in the second stage of labour made no difference to duration of labour, and suggests that the practise of minimising pain management in labour may be outdated. 

11 October 2017

Children born prematurely have greater risk of developmental difficulties

Babies born preterm – at any degree – have a greater risk of developing cognitive, motor and behavioural difficulties and these problems persist throughout school years, finds a new study published online in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists

28 September 2017

RCOG signs the SheDecides manifesto

SheDecides is a global movement to support the fundamental rights of girls and women to decide freely and for themselves about their sexual lives, including whether, when, with whim and how many children they have.

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28 September 2017

Over 25 million unsafe abortions take place every year

Of the 55.7 million abortions that take place worldwide every year, 25.5 million are unsafe according to a new study published in The LancetNearly half of all abortions are unsafe, with the vast majority of these (97%, 24 million) taking place in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

27 September 2017

Over 60% of women with endometriosis go on to have multiple surgical procedures

Women with endometriosis have a significantly higher risk of multiple operations, shorter time to repeat surgery and hysterectomy compared with those without the condition, reveals a large study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

22 September 2017

RCOG backs decriminalisation of abortion

The Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has voted strongly in favour to support the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK. The College sought a position on this matter as it represents the group of doctors who provide the majority of abortion services across the UK.

13 September 2017

RCOG statement on hormone therapy use for menopause

Hormone therapy use up to 7 years among postmenopausal women was not associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular, cancer, or all causes for nearly 2 decades of follow up, a new analysis shows.The results from the Women's Health Initiative trial were published online today in JAMA.


13 September 2017

RCOG release: Women in preterm labour to be offered antibiotics to combat GBS

Women who go into labour before 37 weeks of pregnancy should be offered antibiotics to prevent a possible transmission of Group B Streptococcal (GBS), according to updated guidance published today (13 September) by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

12 September 2017

RCOG statement on new research on drinking during pregnancy

New research published in BMJ Open suggests evidence for the potentially harmful effects of light or occasional drinking in pregnancy is 'surprisingly limited', but women are still better off avoiding all alcohol while pregnant.

6 September 2017

RCOG statement on new NICE guideline on endometriosis

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first guideline to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of women with endometriosis.  

4 September 2017

RCOG statement on Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child

Dr Manjeet Shehmar, Consultant Obstetrician and Spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says:

23 August 2017

BJOG release: ‘Vaginal seeding’ birth trend could do more harm than good

The potential benefits of vaginal seeding do not outweigh the risks, according to a group of doctors who reviewed the available evidence published today (23 August) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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