Tag Archives: pregnancy

Weight management in pregnancy resource

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The RCM and Alliance partner Slimming World have updated their joint website providing information to support weight management before, during and after pregnancy.

Read the RCM press release here

Visit the new joint website here.

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Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening standard – updated

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Public Health England has updated Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening standards.  These revised national standards for the NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy standards programme (IDPS).  The IDPS supports health professionals and commissioners in providing a high quality screening programme.

Full details available from Public Health England here

Best start in life: cost-effective commissioning

Public Health England has produced Best start in life: return on investment tool.  This tool aims to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for children aged up to 5 years old and pregnant women.  It pulls together evidence on the effectiveness and associated costs for a number of interventions aimed at providing children with the best start in life.  It is accompanied by a report providing details on how the tool was constructed.

Download the report and tool here

Eating disorders in pregnancy – animation

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Eating disorders affect approximately 7.5% of pregnant women and can impact on maternal and infant outcomes. Researchers at King’s College London have translated research on eating disorders during pregnancy and motherhood into practical training resources to help healthcare professionals provide the best care for pregnant women and mothers. This animation aims to raise awareness of eating disorders amongst all health professionals working with women in the perinatal period.

For more information and to see the animation visit the Institute of Health Visiting here

NIHR Signal: Imaging is the only way to diagnose blood clots in pregnancy

No blood test can accurately tell if a pregnant or recently pregnant woman has a blood clot. All pregnant women with a suspected clot should continue to have imaging investigations as per current UK guidelines.

This NIHR-funded study recruited 328 pregnant or postpartum women with a suspected blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism) or leg (deep vein thrombosis). They had a blood test to measure the levels of 13 biomarkers, such as the D-dimer, to see if they could rule a blood clot in or out. It was hoped that this could reduce the number of women who would need confirmation from a scan, and so decrease their exposure to radiation.

None of the tests were accurate enough. The range of levels for each biomarker overlapped between women with and without a clot.

Hunt BJ, Parmar K, Horspool K, et al. The DiPEP (Diagnosis of PE in Pregnancy) biomarker study: An observational cohort study augmented with additional cases to determine the diagnostic utility of biomarkers for suspected venous thromboembolism during pregnancy and puerperium. Br J Haematol. 2018;180(5):694-704.

Read the full signal here

Do easy guides to screening meet the needs of pregnant women who have learning disabilities?

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Do you work with women with learning disabilities? Can you help PHE with their online survey? Publishing easy guides is one way PHE aims to reduce inequalities, by allowing everybody to get the information they need to make informed decisions about screening.

With support from PHE Screening, NHS England is beginning an evaluation of how information on antenatal and newborn screening is provided to women with learning disabilities in London. They would like feedback on the ‘Screening tests for you and your baby: easy guides’ from anyone involved in the antenatal and newborn screening pathway. Please complete the short survey which closes on 1 March 2018.

More information and the survey link is available here