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A new Audit Commission report, Giving Children a Healthy Start, published today found health care for under-fives has not improved over the past decade.
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published an investigation report into Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust on 28 October 2011.
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Commenting on BMJ.com, a doctor today says that the presence of doulas during labour may alter the doctor-patient dynamic and can compromise communication and therefore patient care. Furthermore, the need for doulas implies a failing of medical and...
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A new study published today by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that women don’t need to delay getting pregnant after miscarriage and that women who conceive within six months of an initial miscarriage have the best chance of having a healthy...
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The European Commission has announced a ban on the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) plastics in baby bottles. The ban will come into effect during 2011. The controversial chemical BPA is still currently used in some baby bottles sold in the UK. There is...
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The Government has today announced an increase in child tax credit by £4 a week from 2012. The NCT has known for decades that by supporting mothers and fathers to become the best parent they can be, we are also supporting the best start in life for...
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The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) survey of women’s experiences of maternity services in 2010 is published today. Over 25,000 new mothers responded to the survey, between April 2010 and August 2010, from all 144 NHS trusts in England that provide...
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“NCT appreciates the Government's need to cut the budget deficit and to explore a range of avenues by which to do so. We have been concerned however, since the emergency budget, that certain measures impact more negatively on families of young children...
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The Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) report ‘Maternal obesity in the UK’ has found that 5% of the UK maternity population were severely obese (body mass index 35+) with Wales having the highest rate. The outcomes for severely obese women,...
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The NCT has been active in raising awareness on the issue of eating and drinking during labour for many years. Withholding food and drink is an intervention that has been imposed on healthy women in normal labour without justification. The Cochrane...
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Anne Fox, Head of Campaigns & Public Policy, says;   “Some of the measures announced today will hit Britain where it hurts the most – the future generation. The Prime Minister said; ‘We want to see Britain become the most family-friendly...
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Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive for NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, said:  “Most of us put on two or three stone (28-42lbs) while we are pregnant and by the end of pregnancy feel very much as though it is dominating our entire being, so...
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The Department of Health has today released new figures on breastfeeding. The breastfeeding initiation rate in England was 72.7% in 2009/10, slightly higher than the figure of 71.7% in 2008/9. However, NCT was concerned to see that the number of mums...
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NCT supports the Department of Health and National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommendations that women limit their consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. We would suggest expectant mums follow the Department of Health advice to avoid alcohol...
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The Government has today announced an emergency budget.
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Rosie Dodds, NCT Senior Public Policy Officer, commenting on the NCT response to EU Directive amendments passed 20/10/2010 in the European parliament, says; “NCT welcomes the European parliament support for 20 weeks fully paid maternity leave, paid...
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In welcoming the report from the Family and Parenting Institute, ‘Families in an age of austerity – how tax and benefit reform will affect UK Families’, Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive, NCT, says:
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A leading obstetrician, Michel Odent, and Duncan Fisher, Director of Family Info will debate today whether men should be at the birth of the baby. Michel Odent has been quoted as saying the father’s presence at the birth can lead to a caesarean delivery...
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Improving the life chances of children under five is the key to reducing inequality in later life, a major report into child poverty says.
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GMTV has surveyed a large number of women about their thoughts on breastfeeding. Many women have expressed concern at the style of the questions, which appear to be negatively slanted against breastfeeding.