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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.

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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.

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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.

11 August 2017

RCOG statement on the NMPA report

Commenting in response to the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) Organisational Report 2017, Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:

10 August 2017

National audit describes how maternity and neonatal care is provided

A new report finds large increase in midwife-led units co-located with obstetric units, increasing birthplace choice for pregnant women - but also describesvariation in availability of staff, facilities and services

25 July 2017

RCOG Vice President takes on RideLondon to raise funds for Each Baby Counts

On 30 July, Edward Morris, Vice President of Clinical Quality at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), will jump on his bike to race the Prudential RideLondon and help raise funds for Each Baby Counts – a national clinical improvement programme that aims to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents during labour. 

25 July 2017

RCOG and BSUG response to NHS Mesh report

NHS England has today published a new report setting out progress to improve information about treatment options and support for women with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. 

24 July 2017

‘Eating for two’ pregnancy myth still risks harming mothers and their babies

Information for women about how much they should eat during pregnancy is still not reaching many families, potentially putting the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies at risk. 

18 July 2017

RCOG statement on the Tobacco Control Plan

The Government has released its Tobacco Control Plan which outlines plans to halve smoking in pregnancy by 2022, from 10.7% to 6% or under. 

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