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 . Recommendations were added or amended, or the committee agreed that no changes were needed to the recommended actions.
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.
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.
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.
Official Statistics from NHS England giving the number and proportion of women seen and assessed by a healthcare professional within 12 weeks and 6 days of their maternity and the number and proportion of mothers’ who have initiated or not initiated breastfeeding.
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.