RCOG President Dr Edward Morris joined a roundtable discussion with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge this week, in which the group discussed the challenges and impact that coronavirus is having on new and expectant mothers and their families, ahead of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (4-10 May).
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who became Royal Patron of the RCOG in 2018, has also written a thoughtful letter to thank the College for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The RCOG, with partners including the Royal College of Midwives, has been leading on developing clinical guidance on managing coronavirus and pregnancy, as well as other areas of women’s healthcare.
Our information hub includes guidance for healthcare professionals, educational resources, advice and information for pregnant women and their families, including Q&As and videos.
Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyanecologists, said:
"We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness for her continued support of our work and all she is doing to shed light on women's physical and emotional health needs, particularly at this anxious time for pregnant women.
“On the call we discussed the concerns that new and expectant parents are having during the pandemic, and the importance of seeking community and emotional support. It’s important that pregnant women and new mothers feel they are not alone and we are working hard to ensure frontline maternity staff know where they can direct pregnant women and new parents for help and support if they need it.
“We also want to remind pregnant women that antenatal care is essential and if they are invited to come to face-to-face appointments, it is because these are necessary to support them in having a healthy pregnancy, despite the current pandemic. Women who have concerns or worries about their or their baby’s health – including the baby's movements – should seek medical advice immediately.
“Giving birth is a very special time for women, their partners and families, and I would like to thank our dedicated clinicians who are doing all they can, in challenging circumstances, to continue to provide the safest possible care and support during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Notes to editors: Read our national guidance on coronavirus infection in pregnancy and Q&As for pregnant women and their families.
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