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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.
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New guidelines have been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) regarding caesarean sections.
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All pregnant women should be tested for smoking so that they can be given quitting advice if necessary, says NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
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‘One Born Every Minute’ is a new documentary series on Channel 4 that follows the day to day life in a maternity ward. Filmed over a month the series highlights the intense experience of bringing a new life into this world from the perspective of the...
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Office of National Statistics released the 2009 figures of conceptions in England and Wales today. In 2009 there were an estimated 896,300 conceptions in England and Wales, compared with 888,600 in 2008 – an increase of 0.9 per cent. The...
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NCT demands system changes to ensure midwives can deliver safe care and positive experiences
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Many women fail to get proper advice on weight management during and after pregnancy, a UK-wide survey by RCM and Netmums suggests. Some 63% said their midwife had not explained obesity issues such as body mass index, during their first antenatal...
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The Royal College of Midwives has released the results of their YouGov poll of public attitudes to maternity spending in England. The results show that two-thirds of the English public are against spending cuts for maternity services. A clear majority...
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The NCT comments on the safety of baby slings after the recent recall of more than 1m slings in the US and Canada.
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A report on maternity wards in Northern Ireland by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has made 20 recommendations to ensure the quality of care for women in labour. Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said the report would inform an...
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The Eighth Report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths, Saving Mothers’ Lives, is published today as a supplement in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.