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RCOG/RCM joint response to the Maternity Safety Strategy

28 November 2017

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


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

28 November 2017

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. 


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

20 November 2017

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. 


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

15 November 2017

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


Top miscarriage research priorities identified by women and health professionals

10 November 2017

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


Maternity audit publishes report to help NHS services deliver improvements

9 November 2017

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.


RCOG statement in response to IVF postcode lottery

30 October 2017

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.


Lancet commentary on the 1967 Abortion Act

27 October 2017

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


Each Baby Counts report finds solutions to tackle baby deaths and brain injuries

12 October 2017

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.


Study suggests epidural does not slow second stage of labour

11 October 2017

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


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