Intrapartum care for healthy women and babies – NICE CG190 update

NICE Guidance on Intrapartum Care for Healthy Women and Babies (CG190) has been updated.

February 2017: The evidence has been reviewed for the sections on measuring fetal heart rate as part of the initial assessment and on fetal monitoring during labour. Recommendations for which the evidence was reviewed are labelled [2017]. Recommendations were added or amended, or the committee agreed that no changes were needed to the recommended actions.

View the full guideline here


Maternal Mental Health: women’s voices


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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in association with The Maternal Mental Health Alliance have published Maternal Mental Health: women’s voices. This report is based on the results of a survey of 2,300 women on their experiences of care in relation to their mental health during pregnancy and in the postnatal period.   Results show 81% of women who responded had experienced at least one episode of a mental health problem during or after their pregnancy. Low mood was experienced by over two thirds of these women, anxiety by around half and depression by just over a third.

Read the full report here

Improving health for pregnancy

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published Better Beginnings: improving health for pregnancy.  This themed review brings together NIHR research on different aspects of health before, during and after pregnancy.  It covers smoking, healthy diet and weight, alcohol and drugs, mental health, violence against women, and supporting families using multifaceted approaches. It is aimed at healthcare professionals working with women around the time of pregnancy as well as those with a wider interest in women’s and children’s health including commissioners.

To read the full review click here

Screening tests during and after pregnancy information for people with learning disabilities

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Public Health England has published eight easy read guides explaining the various screening tests offered during and after pregnancy for people with learning disabilities. These easy guides are adapted from the Screening tests for you and your baby booklet.

To view the individual titles click here

Facilitating women’s choice of midwife

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The Royal College of Midwives has published Facilitating women’s choice of midwife: RCM guidance: practical approaches to managing with flexibility.  This guidance is designed to help midwives and their managers to better meet the needs of responding to women’s wishes for a specific midwife to be present at the birth of their baby.

RCM press release click here

To read the full report click here

State of Maternity Services Report 2016

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The Royal College of Midwifery has published State of Maternity Services Report 2016. The report examines emerging issues and trends in relation to maternity services.  It highlights that over a third of the UK’s NHS midwives are nearing retirement age; the increase in births to older mothers, who may require more care throughout their pregnancies;  and rates of obesity which are placing additional demands on maternity services.

For full text click here