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15 June 2018

RCOG statement in response to MBRRACE-UK report on perinatal mortality

The stillbirth rate associated with twin pregnancy in the UK has reduced by around 44% over the period 2014 to 2016, according to the latest perinatal mortality report from MBRRACE-UK published today. Rates of neonatal mortality associated with twin pregnancy have reduced by a third.


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14 June 2018

RCOG co-launches new digital tool to help prepare women for pregnancy

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in partnership with Tommy’s, Public Health England and the UCL Institute for Women’s Health, is delighted to announce the launch of a new digital tool, Planning for Pregnancy.

13 June 2018

Obesity and smoking in pregnancy associated with higher risk of PCOS in daughters

Women who smoke and are obese during pregnancy are more likely to have daughters who develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) later in life, according to a large study published online in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

11 June 2018

RCOG statement in response to Williams Review

The RCOG welcomes the publication of the Williams Review which makes a number of recommendations in order to provide clarity for healthcare professionals and improve patient safety.


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5 June 2018

Womb transplants offer much hope, but remain an experimental procedure

Successful births following womb transplants are a major advance for women without a functioning uterus, but a group of doctors warn the procedure remains experimental and success of the practice still requires further strictly controlled clinical trials.


29 May 2018

RCOG position on abortion provision in Northern Ireland

Following the outcome of the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland, women in Northern Ireland now face among the most restrictive access to abortion in the world. Women are forced to travel for help when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, at a huge personal cost, or use abortion medication purchased online, illegally – and risk up to life imprisonment. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) believe women in Northern Ireland should be able to access abortion care services within their own country – our position on this matter is outlined below.


23 May 2018

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Today marks the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

– an awareness day that aims to raise awareness of the condition. Obstetric fistula occurs due to complications in childbirth and the effects are devastating. Millions of women around the world suffer with the condition which can leave them ostracised, in pain and shamed.

26 April 2018

RCOG response to NI report on termination for Fatal Fetal Abnormality

The report of an inter-Departmental working group in Northern Ireland on termination of pregnancies in fatal fetal abnormality cases has been published.


25 April 2018

The RCOG backs abortion reform in the Republic of Ireland

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) was established in 1929 as a College for the British Isles and gives equal status to the constituent parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. A representative from the Republic of Ireland sits on the RCOG’s Council and the majority of O&G consultants in Ireland are members of the College.


24 April 2018

Valproate not to be prescribed without a pregnancy prevention programme

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today announced that valproate medicines – used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder – must no longer be prescribed to women of child bearing age unless she is on a pregnancy prevention programme (PPP).


17 April 2018

RCOG statement in response to NHS mesh review

NHS Digital has published a review of patients who have had a urogynaecological procedure for the treatment of prolapse or stress urinary incontinence including those where mesh, or tape or their equivalents have been used.


17 April 2018

RCOG statement in response to Lancet series on pre-conception health

The diet and health of both parents can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, according to a series of papers published in The Lancet


6 April 2018

Royal Colleges and Faculty statement on workforce strategy for England

Following Health Education England’s consultation on Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future: A draft health and care workforce strategy for England, leaders from eight Royal Colleges and Faculties have written a joint statement to urge the government and its partners to prioritise four key points whilst developing the new strategy.


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