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  1. News Article
    The trusts that have made the most and least progress on urgent recommendations set out by the Ockenden review have been revealed Published in December 2020, the interim Ockenden review set out 12 immediate and essential actions for all trusts with maternity provision, grouped into seven themes, and in its latest board papers NHS England has set out the progress they have made. The actions which trusts are struggling with most include “risk assessment throughout pregnancy” and clearly describing pathways of care in written information and posted on the trust websites. According
  2. Content Article
    Recommendations Deliver effective advocacy for medicines in pregnancy through a coalition of pregnancy and baby charities, working together with the public, researchers from academia and industry as well as Government to create a shared vision for safe medicines evaluation and development in pregnancy. This will allow for clear and consistent messages to the public and clinicians. Pregnant women should be offered the opportunity to take part in all clinical trials of medicines that could be used in pregnancy, unless there are specific safety concerns. Prioritise updates for
  3. Event
    For the first time, RCOG World Congress will be an innovative and inclusive hybrid event, held simultaneously in London and online. To ensure we continue to support healthcare professionals at all stages across the globe, we wanted to provide a format accessible to all. Our hybrid event will feature a 350 in-person face-to-face event at the RCOG’s headquarters in Union Street, London and a state-of-the-art virtual experience available to all. Both will be linked using our virtual event platform and Congress app for networking, 121 meetings, Q&A, polling and live reactions. F
  4. Event
    The results from the Five X More nationwide survey on Black women’s maternity experiences will be officially launching on Tuesday 24th May "No decisions about us, without us" For many years Black women and birthing people in the UK have experienced poorer health outcomes and lower quality of care. This is particularly true within maternity. In the recent MBRRACE reports, clear racial variations in maternal deaths were observed, showing that Black women are four times as likely to die as white women during pregnancy, delivery or postpartum, yet the reasons for the differences in mater
  5. News Article
    A baby died after maternity staff repeatedly missed chances to intervene to save his life, an official investigation has found. Giles Cooper-Hall was just 16 hours old when he died after a catalogue of errors in the maternity care of his mother, Ruth Cooper-Hall, at Derriford hospital in Plymouth. A Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) report into the incident has exposed how inexperienced and overstretched staff failed to carry out proper checks, recognise there was an emergency or seek help from senior doctors until it was too late. It comes just weeks after the indep
  6. News Article
    The newly appointed chair of a major review into poor maternity care in Nottingham has resigned following mounting pressure from families. Julie Dent was appointed by the NHS just two weeks ago to lead a review into hundreds of cases of alleged poor care at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. On 7 April, more than 100 families called for Ms Dent to decline the offer after they had previously urged NHS England to appoint Donna Ockenden, who chaired the Shrewsbury and Telford maternity inquiry. In a letter to families on Wednesday, the chief operating officer of NHS England
  7. Event
    This conference, chaired by Simon Hammond Director of Claims Management NHS Resolution will update clinicians and managers on Clinical Negligence with a particular focus on current issues and the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on clinical negligence claims. Featuring leading legal experts, and experienced clinicians the event will provide an update on current claims the conference will discuss why patients litigate, and responding to claims including claims regarding Covid-19. There will be an extended masterclass on trends in clinical negligence claims and responding to claims followed by
  8. Event
    This free to attend webinar is being delivered by BAPM in partnership with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) to support the launch of the revised framework for practice on newborn infants who suffer a sudden and unexpected postnatal collapse (SUPC). Speakers will provide an overview of the new framework, cover ways to support good practice and reduce the risk of SUPC. This webinar is aimed at perinatal professionals who care for babies in hospital in the first week after birth as well as parents. Programme: The Parent Story Introduction to the new framew
  9. News Article
    Families impacted by the Nottingham maternity scandal say they have been left in “limbo” following silence from NHS England in response to their concerns over a major review, as 50 more come forward. The review into failures in maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals Foundation Trust has now had 512 families come forward with concerns, up from 460 last month, and has spoken to 71 members of staff. The update comes as families told The Independent they were yet to receive a direct acknowledgement or response to their warning on Monday that they had no confidence in newly
  10. Content Article
    The report highlights specific threats to health for pregnant women and new mothers with young children, for example: stress and poor nutrition affecting the growth of an unborn baby and subsequent difficulties breastfeeding swelling and skin conditions from having to wash clothes by hand pelvic pain from climbing multiple flights of stairs health impacts such as rashes and asthma in young children that had resulted from poor housing conditions, including damp. It also draws attention to serious failings where policies in place to promote and protect maternal he
  11. News Article
    The NHS has ordered a new chair for the Nottingham maternity scandal review which is looking into hundreds of cases of alleged poor care. In a letter published late on Friday the NHS said there needed to be “urgent” changes to the way the review was being carried out and this included appointing a former NHS trust chair Julie Dent to lead the review. More than 100 bereaved families wrote to the health secretary Sajid Javid on 7 April calling for the review, to be overhauled and the chair Cathy Purt, to be replaced by Donna Ockenden who chaired the Shrewsbury maternity scandal inquiry
  12. Content Article
    Key themes raised in the evidence include: Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, including period poverty and the impact of menstruation on everyday life, whether or not it is painful and heavy. Sexual health and contraception, including barriers to accessing information for particular groups of women and geographical variation in the commissioning of services. Fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and maternal health, including lack of information about factors affecting fertility and options for treatment. Variations in access to IVF were also raised, as well as
  13. News Article
    Pregnant women should be tested for Group B Strep to save the lives of dozens of babies every year, campaigners have warned. Group B Strep is the most recurrent cause of life-threatening illness in newborn babies, with an average of two babies a day identified with the infection. Each week, one of these babies goes on to die while another develops an ongoing long-term disability. More than one in five women carry Group B Strep, a common bacteria that normally causes no harm and no symptoms. However, its presence in the vagina or rectum means babies can be exposed to it during labour
  14. Content Article
    Supplying valproate safely to women and girls Pharmacy professionals have a key role in supplying valproate safely. Valproate must not be used in any woman or girl able to have children unless there is a pregnancy prevention programme (PPP) in place. For women and girls, when they are dispensed valproate, they should expect: to be provided with a Patient Card every time valproate is dispensed for valproate to be dispensed with a copy of the patient information leaflet, and if repackaged, with a warning on the container supplied to be reminded of the risks in pregn
  15. News Article
    The moment her newborn son Sebastian was handed to her, Catherine McNamara knew something was terribly wrong. His tiny hands were deformed, unnaturally twisted and facing in the wrong direction. One was missing a thumb. A few days later, the couple were devastated as doctors told them Sebastian’s deformities were permanent — and had been caused by the drug McNamara had been taking to control her epilepsy. Like thousands of women, McNamara had been told her epilepsy medicine, sodium valproate, was safe to take during pregnancy. “They told me everything would be fine,” she said. S
  16. News Article
    NHS bosses have written to hospitals telling them to stop using language that implies a bias against caesarean sections when advertising jobs in maternity services. A recent report into an NHS maternity scandal found that a focus on “normal birth” had played a key role in babies dying or being born disabled. Women at the Shrewsbury and Telford trust were forced to undergo traumatic natural births when they should have been offered surgical intervention. However, even since its publication, trusts have published job adverts looking for a member of staff “to help us promote normality”