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8 December 2017

Doctors & midwives express concern as 6 in 10 pregnant women miss out on flu jab

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are reminding all pregnant women to take up the offer of free flu vaccination this winter to protect themselves and their baby from complications caused by the flu virus. This comes after statistics published today (7 December) by Public Health England reveal just four in ten (43.1%)* mums-to-be have received the vaccine so far this winter. While this is a slight improvement on uptake in 2016 (40.8%) and 2015 (35.6%), it’s vital that more pregnant women come forward for the vaccine. 


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8 December 2017

RCOG & RCM joint statement on MBBRACE-UK report on maternal deaths

New figures reveal no significant reduction in the number of women who died during or after pregnancy between 2013 and 2015, according to the latest report from MBBRACE-UK. The overall death rate in the UK is now 8.8 per 100,000. 

28 November 2017

RCOG/RCM joint response to the Maternity Safety Strategy

As leaders of the professional bodies for midwives and obstetricians, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) welcome this refreshed Maternity Safety Strategy and the targets and commitments it contains.

28 November 2017

RCOG/RCM joint statement in response to MBRRACE-UK report on stillbirths

Stillbirth and neonatal deaths have more than halved in the UK from 0.62 to 0.28 per 1,000 total births since 1993, representing a fall of around 220 intrapartum (term) deaths per year, according to new figures published today. 


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20 November 2017

Stillbirth risk is doubled if pregnant women sleep on their backs in third trimester

New research published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests that the risk of stillbirth is doubled if pregnant women sleep on their backs during the third trimester. 


15 November 2017

Inducing first-time mothers aged 35 and over earlier could reduce stillbirths

A study published in PLOS Medicine has found that inducing first-time mothers aged 35 and over at 40 weeks could reduce the risk of stillbirth and neonatal death (the death of a baby 7 days after birth), when compared to current guidelines which recommend induction of labour between 41 and 42 weeks for all women regardless of age.


10 November 2017

Top miscarriage research priorities identified by women and health professionals

More research is needed to improve psychological and emotional support for women and their partners affected by miscarriage, reveals a survey published in BMJ Open and presented at the Association of Early Pregnancy Unit’s (AEPU) annual conference today (Friday).


9 November 2017

Maternity audit publishes report to help NHS services deliver improvements

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) today publishes a major clinical report that identifies areas of good practice and opportunities for improvement in the care of women and babies in maternity services across Britain.


30 October 2017

RCOG statement in response to IVF postcode lottery

The number of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England that offer the recommended 3 IVF cycles to eligible women under 40 has halved in the last 5 years, according to latest figures released by Fertility Fairness.


27 October 2017

Lancet commentary on the 1967 Abortion Act

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, RCOG president Professor Lesley Regan and Professor Anna Glasier have published a commentary discussing the act. The article draws together data on abortions worldwide, providing evidence of its limitations and suggesting amendments to be made. Whilst the 1967 act has allowed for increased choice among women in the UK, it has become outdated, requiring reform to match advances in medicine.


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.


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


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