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Commenting on the Save the Children report, A Fair Start for Every Child, NCT chief executive Belinda Phipps said:
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In response to the University of West London’s research on teenage mothers and their postnatal inpatient experiences, Rosie Dodds, Senior Policy Adviser at NCT said:
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In response to the Welsh government’s announcement of additional funding to improve support for new mothers, Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser, NCT said:
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Today the UNICEF report: Preventing disease and saving resources: the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK was published.
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On 21 March the WAVE Trust launched their report in collaboration with the Department for Education: Conception to age 2 – the age of opportunity
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Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser at NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, said: “The Welsh Government’s plan to reform maternity services in Wales is a significant opportunity. In the past, Wales has demonstrated some excellent practice –...
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On November 11 2012, the Department of Health announced a £25 million fund to improve birthing environments. Maternity services will be able to apply for new funds to improve their maternity environments as long as there is evidence that women have been...
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The NCT statement on the closure of The Albany Midwifery Practice.   The NCT has deep concerns about the closure of the Albany Midwifery Practice for a number of reasons. These concerns are rooted in ensuring the provision of the best possible care...
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A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Philadelphia found that about 1 in 200 women in the US has a home birth, of which approximately 75% planned home births rather than births planned in hospital or where no care...
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Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said today that the NHS must modernize so that health services are paid for the quality of care they provide. Using maternity services as an example, he discussed the current system of ‘Payment by Results’, saying it...
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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...