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October 10, 2019

Fewer C-sections when low-risk deliveries handled by midwives

Low-risk pregnant women who deliver in a hospital and receive care from midwives have fewer interventions and fewer cesarean sections than similar women who receive care from obstetricians, a U.S. study finds.

October 09, 2019

What will it take to halve childhood obesity by 2030?

It is only by changing the social, economic, policy and physical environments which frame all our dietary and activity decisions that we will see sustained, and sustainable change

October 08, 2019

Childbirth: one in three women in low and middle income countries reports being mistreated

Horrifying statistics: one in three women in low and middle-income countries reports being mistreated

September 22, 2019

Half of student midwives consider leaving training over financial concerns reveals RCM

"Almost half of the student midwives have considered leaving their midwifery courses due to financial pressures and debt" that’s according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) who today have published the results of a new student midwife survey.

September 11, 2019

National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) aims to improve the treatment of mothers and babies during their stay in a maternity unit by evaluating a range of care processes and outcomes in order to identify good practice and areas for improvement.

April 08, 2019

PHE conference spotlights innovations in public health protection

Public Health England Research and Science Conference shines a spotlight on innovative new approaches to prevent disease and improve health.


​Over 400 delegates have gathered in Manchester for the third annual Public Health Research and Science Conference. The conference brings together scientific expertise from across the public health community, with the goal of driving innovation in public health research and practice.

April 07, 2019

Offering weight management support to pregnant women with high body mass index: A qualitative study with midwives

New paper identifies strategies midwives use when providing weight management support to pregnant women with a high body mass index.

April 02, 2019

Blood test provides accurate, rapid diagnosis for pre-eclampsia

Pregnant women will now be offered a simple blood test to detect pre-eclampsia, a common and potentially fatal pregnancy complication, thanks to research funded by the NIHR. 

December 16, 2018

Improving the health care of pregnant refugee and migrant women and newborn children

While the amplitude and direction of variations in outcomes differ between host countries, migrant origin/status and the outcome examined, there is a marked trend for worse pregnancy-related indicators among refugees and migrants. Being a migrant can be considered a risk factor in itself for poorer maternal and newborn health outcomes and also be a proxy for other risk factors and potential explanations. This technical guidance identifies problems and entry points for interventions for maternal and newborn health in refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region. Policy considerations are outlined for four main areas affecting refugee and migrant maternal and newborn health: individual health status, accessibility of health care, quality of care, and health care policy and financing systems.

December 13, 2018

WHO highlights importance of safeguarding breastfeeding for children up to three years of age

In this Information Note, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the importance of safeguarding breastfeeding and ending inappropriate marketing and distribution of breastmilk substitutes for children up to three years of age.

November 20, 2018

New guidance for midwifery care in labour

On 19 November the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) launched a new set of guidance under their ‘Midwifery Blue Top Guidance Programme.’

Midwifery care in labour guidance for women in all settings provides midwives with high-quality evidence when it comes to caring for women during labour and birth.

March 18, 2018

Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

How could a low-risk uncomplicated pregnancy end up with unexpected adverse birth outcomes?

Nowadays, there is a significant confusion within the Obstetric and Midwifery community, regarding the support provided to women around childbirth (Simelela, 2018).

August 30, 2017

Zika Virus Update

Public Health England (PHE) from 2nd of August 2017 stopped providing detailed travel information about Zika virus. The Country Information Page is recommended to be used for up to date and detailed advice for those travelling in general or in particular to countries or areas affected by Zika virus. 

June 26, 2017

Nursing and Midwifery Council English language requirements

According to NMC, all applicants must supply evidence that they have the necessary knowledge of English.

There are a number of pieces of evidence that NMC will accept. 

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