RCOG Greentop 52: Postpartum haemorrhage, prevention and management

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The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists has updated their guideline Postpartum haemorrhage, prevention and management (Green-top Guideline No. 52). This provides information about the prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage, primarily for clinicians working in obstetric-led units in the UK.

Link to Greentop Guideline here

Use of electronic cigarettes: a guide for midwives and other healthcare professionals

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The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group has produced an infographic and a briefing Use of electronic cigarettes: a guide for midwives and other healthcare professionals.  These resources are designed to be used by Midwives and Health Visitors to address some of the most frequently asked questions in consultations with women who have expressed an interest in using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

Link to infographic here

Link to briefing document here



RCM guidance on implementing the NICE safe staffing guideline on midwifery staffing in maternity settings


The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published its guideline for safe midwifery staffing in maternity settings (NICE Safe Staffing Guideline NG4 2015) in February 2015.  This publication from the Royal College of Midwives supports senior midwives and NHS managers implement the NICE safe midwifery staffing guideline.


Link to full document here

Getting the midwifery workforce right


Guidance from the Royal College of Midwives which explains the role of the midwife, the limits and scope of the role, its relationship with other professionals and care givers and the approaches which are most likely to lead to safe and effective staffing decisions.





“The role of the midwife is clearly described and demarcated. The evidence shows that
it is in the interests of women to receive the majority of their care from a small group
of midwives they know and trust. Midwifery services should be staffed to enable this
to happen.”

Read the full document here

Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy: vaccine coverage estimates (England)

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This Public Health England report presents pertussis vaccine coverage in pregnant women in England for the period April to September 2016. Pertussis vaccine coverage in pregnant women averaged 70% across May to September 2016, 14% higher than the same period in 2015. This increase is thought to be associated with changes to the data extraction criteria from April 2016 and suggests coverage estimates prior to this may have been under-estimated. In addition, the extended eligibility criteria for the vaccine, available to women from 16 weeks of pregnancy since April 2016 (previously available from 28 weeks), would have started to impact coverage from September 2016, and this may have also contributed to the increase.

Link to full report here:  Pertussis Vaccination Programme for Pregnant Women: vaccine coverage estimates in England, April to September 2016