Latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics covering the numbers of live births and stillbirths, fertility rates, percentage of births outside marriage/civil partnership, sex ratio, mean age of mother, area of usual residence of mother and percentage of births to non-UK born mothers.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has published Maternity payment approach: survey report July 2017. This survey was initiated by NHS England’s pricing team with the support of the HFMA’s National Payment Systems Special Interest Group to identify key issues to be addressed in relation to the maternity pathway payment ready for the 2019/20 national tariff
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has published Position statement: breastfeeding in the UK. This guidance gives advice on how long women should consider breastfeeding. It also sets out the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child, and the cost savings to families and health services.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has highlighted the publication of a survey, to understand women’s perceptions of how much they should eat during pregnancy. The survey, commissioned by the National Charity Partnership,, found 69 per cent of women are unaware of how many extra calories they need to consume during pregnancy. The RCOG is working with the National Charity Partnership to bust the ’eating for two’ myth and make it easier for people to understand how to make healthy choices during pregnancy to avoid unhealthy weight gain.
The Royal College of Midwives has published Every mother must get the help they need (pdf). This report was inspired by the Change.org petition of Lucie Holland, whose sister died in tragic circumstances as a result of mental illness. Lucie set up the petition in 2015 calling for better awareness and care for those affected by perinatal mental illness. This petition received thousands of signatures and many people left comments about their own experiences. The RCM and partners have analysed and collated all the comments to form this report, which aims to highlight the need for better awareness and care for those affected by maternal mental health problems.
This briefing and infographic from Unicef based on their 2017 survey of infant feeding leads, highlights how support services for mothers and babies are changing in England, and how this could impact breastfeeding rates.
“Special attention is needed in policies designed to protect and support the most vulnerable, such as babies born preterm or sick, into the most disadvantaged families, or to mothers suffering with poor mental health, as these are the babies who are least likely to be breastfed, while needing it the most”.
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Public Health England has updated its leaflet “There are many ways to help protect you and your baby”. This leaflet explains vaccinations that help protect mums and their baby during and after pregnancy. This update includes more detail about the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and eligibility.