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The NHS Information Centre released the Infant Feeding Survey 2010: Early Results on Tuesday 21 June.
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A new report from The King’s Fund says using midwives and other maternity staff more effectively is the key to improving maternity care in hospitals, and that the maternity workforce could be utilised more effectively to improve outcomes for mothers and...
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A report out today by the King’s Fund: ‘The role of GPs in maternity care - what does the future hold’, suggests that GPs could take a more active role in delivering high quality maternity care by sharing responsibilities with midwives and obstetricians...
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A series of papers in medical journal The Lancet reported that the UK’s stillbirth rate of 3.5 per 1,000 births ranks it 32 places below the best performer, Finland, in a league table of 193 countries.
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The NHS White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, published 12 July, set out the concept of maternity networks as a fresh approach to the structure of care for pregnant women and new families.
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Mary Newburn, Head of Research and Information, NCT, said:   “The lack of completeness of the maternity statistics is a huge disappointment as their usefulness is limited by significant gaps.   “NCT is shocked that the Information Centre can...
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The latest Maternity Statistics on method of delivery produced by the Welsh Government were released on 31 January 2012. The statistics can be seen in full here: http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/health2012/120131/?lang=en
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 Background The Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit has today published a study examining the relationship between breastfeeding and mothers’ ratings of their baby’s temperament at age three months. Rosie Dodds, Senior Policy...
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Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive, NCT, says;   “This report reaffirms the important role of skilled midwives and how crucial they are in supporting women and their partners through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. If the health...
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A new review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist says severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy should be treated with appropriate medication, and looks at a number of studies into different treatments.
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A study by Professor Atul Singhal from the MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Centre at University College London claimed that feeding babies milk enriched with nutrients to promote faster weight gain in infancy can cause heart problems and obesity in...
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The maternity service in Scotland is adapting to make sure that all women receive the best care. “Pregnant? Tell me” is a new national communications campaign launching on 1st February as part of the enhanced antenatal services for women within NHS...
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The Labour MP Graham Allen is calling for a National Parenting Campaign, which would see both public money and private investment used to fund a series of schemes designed to positively affect the lives of the most vulnerable children in society.
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‘Alone & lost in Labour’ - a UK survey of 3,508 mothers’ experiences of maternity services by Netmums.com and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has revealed a critical shortage of midwives providing continuous one-to-one care for women during...
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The Department of Health has published new guidance to help the NHS improve the care provided for premature and sick babies during their first days.   The Neonatal Taskforce, established last year, has recommended that neonatal care become more...
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Background New national statistics were released by the Office of National Statistics today, in particular the numbers of women giving birth at home and women having multiple births. In England 16,919 women (2.5%) had a home birth in 2010, out of 679,638...
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Today the Government has announced plans to extend parental leave to 12 months, leaving it up to the parents to decide who takes the leave.
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New guidelines will be published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in November regarding caesarean sections.
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NICE has said today that vulnerable women including teenage mothers, domestic abuse victims, drug users and non-English speakers are missing out on vital care in England and Wales and were the least likely to use antenatal services despite being the most...
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NICE - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - has developed new public health guidance on dietary and physical activity interventions for weight management in pregnancy and after childbirth.