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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. 

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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.

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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 Whilst the 1967 act has allowed for increased choice among women in the UK, it has become outdated, requiring reform to match advances in medicine.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

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.

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.

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