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1 April 2015

Accurate blood pressure measurement fundamental to early diagnosis in pregnancy

Accurate blood pressure measurement (BP) is fundamental to the early diagnosis of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, says a review published today in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG).


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26 March 2015

RCOG statement on the use of antibiotics in pregnancy

A paper published in PLOS (Public Library of Science) today suggests that the use of certain antibiotics (macrolides) in pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of cerebral palsy and/or epilepsy in childhood. However, the absolute risk was noted as being low. 

19 March 2015

RCOG statement on mental health funding pledge in Budget statement

The RCOG welcomes the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 2015 Budget, pledging an additional £75 million over the next five years to give the right care to more women who experience ill mental health during the perinatal or antenatal period.

16 March 2015

RCOG release: The use of ultrasound is examined in scientific opinion paper

Ultrasound is being increasingly used for non-medical reasons, however, in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy it should be performed only when clinically indicated, advises a new Scientific Impact Paper (SIP) published today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). 


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10 March 2015

RCOG statement: Cochrane review on hormone therapy and cardiovascular health

A Cochrane review published today examines the effects of hormone therapy on the cardiovascular system.


6 March 2015

RCOG release: Working together to stop domestic violence against women

Domestic violence is a major problem in the UK. One in four women in England and Wales have experienced some form of domestic abuse or violence. One in ten women have been raped. Domestic violence accounts for one third of violent crimes and the cost in human and economic terms is enormous – an estimated £23 billion per year in the UK. 


5 March 2015

RCOG statement: General Medical Council report on undermining and bullying

Today, the General Medical Council (GMC) has published Building A Supportive Environment: A Review to Tackle Undermining and Bullying in Medical Education and Training, which outlines the findings from a series of undermining and bullying check visits to obstetrics and gynaecology and surgical units across the UK.


5 March 2015

RCOG release: New interactive eLearning resource launched to address undermining and bullying in the workplace

A new practical and interactive eLearning resource on Improving Workplace Behaviour, aimed at raising awareness of undermining and bullying in the workplace and illustrating ways to tackle the problem, is launched today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). 


5 March 2015

RCOG release: Audit into GBS finds variation in practice across obstetric units

The majority of obstetric units in the UK have written protocols to prevent early-onset Group B Streptococcal disease (EOGBS) in newborn babies, however, there is still variation in practice across units, finds a new audit published today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).


3 March 2015

RCOG and RCM statement: Kirkup Report into maternity services at Morecambe Bay

The Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are deeply concerned to read of the failure of maternity services at Morecambe Bay and fully support all of the Kirkup Report’s recommendations.


27 February 2015

RCOG release: Timing of clamping the umbilical cord analysed in opinion paper

For healthy babies born at full term, current evidence supports deferred umbilical cord clamping rather than immediate clamping, says a new up-dated Scientific Impact Paper published today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). 


26 February 2015

RCOG statement on the NPEU maternity survey 2014

Today, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) at Oxford University has published Safely delivered: A national survey of women’s experiences of maternity care 2014.


18 February 2015

BJOG study on proactive labour induction practice in Denmark

A new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) suggests that a proactive labour induction practice in Denmark has improved perinatal outcomes.


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