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21 April 2016

Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination now offered from 20 weeks of pregnancy

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has reviewed new evidence on the optimum time to offer whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy. 

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20 April 2016

Relationship between consultant presence and neonatal and maternal outcomes

Maternal and neonatal outcomes are not affected by whether or not a senior obstetrician (a consultant) is scheduled to be present on labour wards, finds a study led by the RCOG and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in PLOS Medicine.

15 April 2016

RCOG response to claims that the NHS favours vaginal delivery on basis of cost

Following a neonatal death at North Middlesex University Hospital, a coroner has submitted a report to the Department of Health warned that the NHS favours vaginal delivery over Caesarean sections on the basis of cost.

15 April 2016

Young people 'missing out' on parenthood

A survey of 1,000 young people from across the UK reveals worrying gaps in their knowledge of fertility and reproductive health, which experts believe may leave them ill equipped to choose when to have children, prevent unplanned pregnancy or take steps to safeguard their fertility.

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13 April 2016

Joint RCOG/RCM statement on multi-disciplinary working and continuity of carer

The RCOG President Dr David Richmond is speaking at a maternity care conference today entitled ‘Celebrating Continuity - Rhetoric into Reality, Policy into Practice’. 


11 April 2016

RCOG Statement: Escalation of industrial action by junior doctors

Junior doctors are due to withdraw labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April (18 hours in total) as part of their escalating industrial action over the imposition of a new contract. 

1 April 2016

RCOG statement: RCOG launches new national guideline development centre

The RCOG is pleased to announce the launch of the National Guideline Alliance, a new guideline development centre commissioned to produce guidelines on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

23 March 2016

RCOG press release: Report highlights variation in maternity care across England

Differences in the care received by women giving birth in hospitals across England are highlighted in a state of the nation report published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) today.

21 March 2016

RCOG statement: NHS England publish Saving Babies’ Lives care bundle

Today NHS England publish Saving Babies’ Lives, a care bundle for reducing stillbirth. The care bundle is designed to provide further support for NHS maternity services in meeting the Government’s national ambition to halve the rates of stillbirth by 2030, with a 20% reduction by 2020.  

18 March 2016

RCOG statement: New joint initiative to prevent severe tearing during childbirth

A collaborative team from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been selected by the Health Foundation, to be part of its £3.5 million improvement programme, Scaling Up Improvement

11 March 2016

RCOG policy briefing: Changes to clinical reference group in complex obstetrics

NHS England has announced that the Clinical Reference Group (CRG) in Complex Obstetrics within the Women and Children National Programme of Care will now come under collaborative commissioning.   

9 March 2016

BJOG release: Domestic violence doubles risk of preterm birth

Domestic violence by a partner or ex-partner during pregnancy increases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and small-for-gestational-age babies, finds a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

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