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RCOG statement on the report stage of the Health and Social Care Bill

7 September 2011

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will follow the debates about the Health and Social Care Bill during the Report stage with interest. Previously the RCOG made its views known in its briefing on the Government’s


RCOG statement on taking anti-inflammatory drugs in pregnancy and the possible risk of miscarriage (CMAJ)

6 September 2011

A new retrospective study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) looks at the possible link between taking nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in early pregnancy and the risk of miscarriage.


RCOG statement on new ESC guidelines on the management of cardiovascular diseases during pregnancy

2 September 2011

Cardiac disease is a leading cause of maternal death in pregnancy in many developed countries, including the UK.


RCOG statement on BJPsych paper on mental health risks and abortion

1 September 2011

A meta-analysis of 22 studies published today in BJPsych shows that women who have had an abortion are at an increased risk of mental health problems.


RCOG statement on smoking as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in women (Lancet Online, 11 August 2011)

11 August 2011

New research published in The Lancet today from the US shows how women are at a 25% higher risk of cardiovascular disease from the effects of smoking when compared to men. This risk increases the longer a woman smokes.


RCOG statement on DNA tests to determine sex of fetus after seven weeks gestation (JAMA 9 August 2011)

10 August 2011

A new review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looks at the effectiveness of tests using DNA derived from the fetus but present in the mother’s blood to determine the sex of the fetus.


RCOG statement on the BMJ article about obstetric physicians (BMJ Online, 9 August 2011)

8 August 2011

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes the views expressed in the BMJ by Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy and colleagues on the need for more obstetric physicians.  It validates the RCOG’s views that more


RCOG statement on Panorama programme ‘One born every forty seconds’ (BBC1, 25 July 2011)

27 July 2011

Yesterday’s episode of the BBC Panorama programme, ‘One born every forty seconds’, highlighted serious flaws in NHS London maternity services. They report 17 maternal deaths which occured over a 18-month period.


RCOG statement on ‘Doctors’ anti-abortion views could impact on women’s access to service’ (Guardian, 19 July 2011)

19 July 2011

New data from a survey published in today’s Journal of Medical Ethics reveals the views of medical students on conscientious objection.


RCOG statement: Alcohol consumption and pregnancy – new BJOG research

6 July 2011

A new paper published in BJOG today suggests that heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight, preterm birth and small size for gestational age (SGA) whilst light alcohol consumption may not affect these


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