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New Campaign Launched Tommy’s Movements matter - raising awareness of fetal movements

Our #movementsmatter campaign, launched on 24 October, challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy, and urges mums-to-be to follow current recommendations about what to do when they experience reduced fetal movements. The campaign is supported by NHS England and Kicks Count.

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New standards for midwifery

The Royal College of Midwives has launched the UK’s first standards for high-quality midwifery services; standards for midwifery services in the UK. The standards were developed because reviews and reports about the quality of maternity care in different parts of the UK consistently identify that improvements should be underpinned by implementation of existing evidence-based clinical standards. The standards can be used by service providers, commissioners and midwives.

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Maternity Safety Training Funding

Health Education England has announced plans to distribute £8 million across the country to support the vision of making NHS maternity services among the safest in the world. An £8million Maternity Safety Training Fund, distributed through HEE, will support every NHS trust in England to use multi-disciplinary training to improve their maternity safety, with at least £40,000 available for each trust. In return, trusts are asked to commit to key actions to improve safety.

Additional link: DH funding application form

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Safer Maternity Care

The Department of Health has published Safer maternity care: next steps towards the national maternity ambition. This plan sets out measures that will be used to make NHS maternity services safer.  The plans include publishing new maternity ratings for every clinical commissioning group to improve transparency, raising standards and giving families better information about the quality of local maternity services. 

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Maternity services

The King’s Fund has published User feedback in maternity services.  This report looks at what maternity services are doing locally to collect, analyse and act on user feedback. It describes the challenges of adopting the different approaches and highlights the features of organisations that are successful in user feedback activities.  Additional link: Kings Fund press release

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Maternal health 2016 (Series)
A decade after The Lancet published a Series on maternal survival, this new Series of six papers brings our knowledge of maternal health, its epidemiology, successes, and current failings together.

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Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: guidelines

The new edition of Sands’ Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: guidelines for professionals has been published.  The guidelines include four new chapters: ‘Termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly or maternal medical conditions’; ‘Labour and birth when a baby has died’; ‘Mental health’; and ‘Receiving and responding to feedback: parent experiences’. 

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Never events consultation

NHS Improvement is reviewing the current Never Events policy and framework. It’s a chance for you to share your thoughts on whether the current policy and framework meet the main objective of improving safety culture. The team also want to understand if the current list of incidents is correct or should be redefined. Find out more and have your say.

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Royal College of Midwives - State of Maternity Services Report 2015

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Neonatal Services Report 

The National Charity Bliss has published Bliss baby report 2015: hanging in the balance. This report highlights that neonatal services across the country are struggling to meet the demands placed upon them with consistent high demand with far too few resources and short staffing. 

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Birth after previous caesarean birth updated guidance

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology has published birth after previous caesarean birth (Green-top Guideline No. 45). This guideline provides evidence based information to help doctors advise women of the choices available to them, and manage their care through subsequent pregnancies and births.

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Mental Health Taskforce: engagement report.

The Mental Health Taskforce has published The Five Year Forward View Mental Health Taskforce: public engagement findings. This document summarises the findings and content received by the Taskforce since April 2015.

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Practical for primary care of the the NICE guideline CG192 Antenatal and postnatal mental health.

This document highlights the recommendations relevant to GPs from NICE CG192 Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health.  This resource is not RCGP guidance; it is an implementation tool and should be used alongside the published NICE guidance.

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NICE Bites: Diabetes in pregnancy

The July 2015 NICE Bites bulletin from the North West Medicines Information Service covers Diabetes in pregnancy (NG3).  This guideline covers the management of diabetes and its complications in women who are planning pregnancy and those already pregnant.

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published patient information relating to Choosing to have a caesarean section

This information is aimed at those women who are considering having a baby by a 'planned' or 'elective' caesarean section when there isn't a 'medical' reason to do so.

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published Female genital mutilation and its management (Green-top Guideline No. 53)

This second edition of the guideline provides evdience-based guidance on the management of women with female genital mutilation (FGM) and those who are considered to be at risk. It covers the clinical care of women before, during and after pregnancy, including the legal and regulatory responsibilities of health professionals. 

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Fetal anomaly screening: programme handbook

Public Health England has brought together all the guidelines and recommendations that relate to the NHS anomaly screening programme (FASP) in a single handbook.

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Campaign group Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Action has published We need to talk about CMV

This report calls for urgent action to reduce the number of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections occurring in pregnancy.  The report aims to raise awareness of CMV infection and provide women, their families, and healthcare professionals with information about simple steps to safeguard their health.

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RCOG - 3rd/4th degree tear diagnosis, management and treatment - new updated green-top guidance

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology has updated its guidance - Green-top Guideline No. 29.


Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2013

MBRRACE-UK has published Perinatal mortality surveillance report: UK perinatal deaths for births from January to December 2013. The report shows an overall improvement in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the UK which continues the trend from 2003 onwards. However, the overall trend masks variations in rates across the UK.

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Improving Englands mental health: the first 100 days and beyond

Improving Englands mental health: the first 100 days and beyond has been produced jointly by the Centre for Mental Health, The Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind, REthink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.This publication sets out a range of actions which are vital in the first 100 days, and also over the lifetime of Parliament.

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Radiology provision in 2014 – (Maternity section page 10)

NHS Improving Quality in conjunction with the British Society for Interventional Radiology has published Interventional Radiology Provision in 2014: a survey of English NHS trusts. This fourth survey of interventional radiology departments focused specifically on services for nephrostomy, embolisation for general haemorrhage, embolisation for postpartum haemorrhage and endovascular interventions.

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Getting maternity services right for pregnant teenagers and young fathers

The Royal College of Midwives has worked with Public Health England and the Department of Health to update the joint publication Getting maternity services right for pregnant teenagers and young fathers. The guide, originally produced in 2008, offers those working in maternity services; practical guidance on supporting young mothers and young fathers.

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NICE: Type 1 Diabetes Pregnancy Toolkit

The Toolkit is an accessible and easy-to-read information resource for women with type 1 diabetes planning a pregnancy. Click on the link above.

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RCOG: Developing obstetric medicines

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published Developing new pharmaceutical treatments for obstetric conditions (Scientific paper 50). This paper addresses the reasons for a lack of development of new drugs for use in obstetrics and suggests ways that barriers to finding new treatments could be overcome.


Friends and family test, March 2015

The latest statistical data for the friends and family test has been published by NHS England - click on the link above.

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Modelling of maternity services in England

The National Audit Office has published details of a modelling techique called 'discrete event simulation' - click on the link above.

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