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RCOG Advises GBS Prophylaxis for Women in Preterm Labor RCOG Advises GBS Prophylaxis for Women in Preterm Labor
Updated guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advise intrapartum antibiotics to fight group B strep for all women in preterm labor.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Should you use ‘vaginal seeding’ if your baby is born by caesarean?
Some parents are embracing the emerging process of replenishing newborns with lost bacteria – but doctors are warning against itThere has been an emerging trend among mothers who have a caesarean section for “vaginal seeding”, a process that exposes newborn babies to the micro-organisms they would normally encounter during vaginal birth. This week, though, Danish obstetricians writing in the internationaljournal BJOG said that it“could do more harm than good”. Doctors at the UK ’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists also warned against it.Although the research is new and un...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Schiller Tags: Childbirth Health & wellbeing Life and style Source Type: news

Bizarre toothpaste pregnancy test attracts surge in women
Mark Kilby, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said that only pregnancy tests should be used to detect if a woman is expecting a child or not. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Three quarters of baby deaths may have been avoidable, says report
Three quarters (76%) of cases of stillbirth, neonatal death and brain injury during childbirth might have had different outcomes with different care, according to a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Morning after pill 'less reliable' for women over 11 stone
Conclusion Overall the FSRH guideline gives additional clarity around the different types of emergency contraception that should be selected in different circumstances. These recommendations are based on the best level of evidence and expert understanding to date. However, they may change in the future as more evidence comes to light. In particular, related to the issue of weight on the effectiveness of oral emergency contraception, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded in 2014 that the available evidence "was limited and not robust enough to support with certainty a conclusion that oral emergency contrac...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child QA articles Medication Source Type: news

Kenya: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Awarded
[Nation] First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Wednesday received a prestigious award from the globally respected Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Maternal mental health – women's voices
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published findings of a survey of over 2300 women on their experiences of care in relation to their mental health during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Professor Lesley Regan says women should be encouraged to lose weight before pregnancy
Professor Lesley Regan, the new president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said young women often think a layer of 'padding' will protect the baby. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revised ectopic pregnancy guideline published
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Association of Early Pregnancy Units has published Diagnosis and Management of Ectopic Pregnancy (Green-top Guideline No. 21). This guideline replaces The Management of Tubal Pregnancy, which was published in 2004. The guideline provides evidence-based information on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancies, including the surgical, pharmacological or conservative treatment options available and the level of support that should be offered to women (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Periods make women smarter and more likely to cheat claims University of Hertfordshire professor
The first part of women's menstrual cycle is the time of the month when most women are at their happiest, adds Dr Virginia Beckett of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Bradford. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaginal douching 'linked to increased ovarian cancer risk'
Conclusion This cohort study investigated the association between ovarian cancer and both douching and talc use. Using participants in the Sister Study, the researchers found a significant link between douching and ovarian cancer – almost twice the risk of no use. No significant link was seen for talc use. The results need to be viewed with caution, however, as they are based on small numbers: just 40 women with ovarian cancer who had douched or used talc. The study has other important limitations, but the main concern is it is not able to prove direct cause and effect. It may be that women with irritation or poor ...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

NHS staff say they face a glass ceiling if they object to abortions
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was criticised for a policy which discriminates against the advancement of students who objected to carrying out abortions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing maternal mortality
An animation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow aims to help doctors assess unwell pregnant or post-partum women. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 27, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consultants as victims of bullying and undermining: a survey of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists consultant experiences - Shabazz T, Parry-Smith W, Oates S, Henderson S, Mountfield J.
OBJECTIVE: To explore incidents of bullying and undermining among obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) consultants in the UK, to add another dimension to previous research and assist in providing a more holistic understanding of the problem in medicine. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Drugs, ginger and acupuncture 'best for morning sickness'
"Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women with morning sickness should be given drugs to ease their symptoms," the Daily Mirror reports. The recommendation comes from a set of new guidelines that also say ginger and acupuncture can play a useful role in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, better known as morning sickness. Health professionals prefer to call it nausea and vomiting in pregnancy as it can occur at any time, not just in the morning. The new guidelines (PDF, 545kb) were produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a UK professional body of clinicians th...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news

Epilepsy in pregnancy
A Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guideline summarises the evidence on maternal and fetal outcomes in women with epilepsy. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 21, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pregnant women with epilepsy 'need specialist care'
Pregnant women with epilepsy need specialist care to prevent unnecessary deaths, according to new guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First annual report from Each Baby Counts programme
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published the first annual report of Each Baby Counts. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 14, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stillbirth parents are being met with a 'wall of silence'
In 27 per cent of cases they provide ‘poor quality’ information, and 56 per cent of investigations are ‘inadequate’, according to a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cochrane Making a Difference: Midwifery
The Cochrane Making a Difference series focuses on stories of how Cochrane evidence has made an impact on real-world health decision making and outcomes. This story focuses on the improved outcomes that women experience in pregnancy and delivery when they are cared for by a midwife that they know.A Cochrane Review on continuity of midwife care was first published in 2004, and most recently updated in 2016. As more trials have been added to the Cochrane Review, uncertainties in the original findings have been reduced. The current evidence demonstrates that women who have received continuity of care from a midwife they know,...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 2, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nowens at cochrane.org Source Type: news

PM urged to end 'damaging' contract stand-off
The leaders of 13 royal colleges have urged prime minister David Cameron to end the ‘damaging’ junior doctors contract stand-off. The 'eleventh hour' call comes in a letter signed by the clinical leaders which says health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to return to negotiations, and the resulting impasse, ‘poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system’. Junior doctors will set up pickets across the country on Tuesday, 26 April and Wednesday, 27 April — the fifth round of industrial action. Last week, the BMA offered to call off the strike if Mr Hunt lifted imposition of the ...
Source: BMA News - April 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has reviewed new evidence on the optimum time to offer whooping cough in pregnancy. As a result of the review it has now recommended that from 1 April 2016, vaccination should be offered between gestational weeks 16 and 32 to maximise the likelihood that the baby will be protected from birth. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'
Conclusion The scientists say that, on balance, "we suggest that sufficient evidence has accumulated" to say that Zika is the cause of the current spike of microcephaly cases. They add that researchers, "have been unable to identify alternative hypotheses" for the increase in microcephaly.  How does Zika and microcephaly affect you? Public health advice about Zika virus has not changed. At present, Zika virus is thought to be transmitted by mosquitoes in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cape Verde. See an updated list here. The Royal Coll...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news

Interim RCOG/RCM/PHE/HPS (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives/Public Health England/Health Protection Scotland) Clinical Guidelines: Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy Information for Healthcare Professionals; Updated 03/11/16
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 03/11/2016This 13-page document provides guidelines updated on March 11, 2016, on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and Zika virus in the Americas and microcephaly. It includes advice for pregnant women, and recommendations for pregnant women who have traveled to an area of Zika virus transmission. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New Results on Antidepressants in Pregnancy
A series of three recent studies into the side-effects of antidepressant use during pregnancy has found no clear effects on the baby but a possible risk of hemorrhage during childbirth. Depression is common in pregnancy and afterwards, with a rate of 11% to 20% in the United States. Antidepressants are being increasingly used, so a large body of research has examined the potential risks. The first study, led by Dr. Marte Handal of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, included details on 51,404 children. Among the mothers, 159 used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. At three years old, th...
Source: Psych Central - March 5, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jane Collingwood Tags: Children and Teens Depression Disorders Family General Medications Parenting Postpartum Depression Psychology Women's Issues Antidepressants Child Development Childbirth delayed motor development Motherhood motor skills Obs Source Type: news

Interim RCOG/RCM/PHE/HPS (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives/Public Health England/Health Protection Scotland) Clinical Guidelines: Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy Information for Healthcare Professionals
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 01/29/2016This 13-page document provides guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and Zika virus in the Americas and microcephaly. It includes advice for pregnant women, and recommendations for pregnant women who have traveled to an area of Zika virus transmission. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Updated VBAC Guidelines ReleasedUpdated VBAC Guidelines Released
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has released an updated guideline on vaginal birth after previous cesarean delivery. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

You CAN have a natural birth after a C-section, mothers are told
New guidance, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, suggests for the majority of women a natural birth is safe - and for most has a lower chance of complications. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alcohol consumption in pregnancy
Research by an MRC-funded PhD student at the University of Leeds on the link between light drinking by pregnant women and pre-term birth led to national media coverage and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) changing its guidance on alcohol consumption. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - August 10, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'
Conclusion This systematic review and meta-analysis of 13 cohort studies and three case-control studies showed that women who had had a previous stillbirth were more than four times more likely to have another, compared to women without a previous stillbirth. The research team wanted to look at the combined risk associated with unexplained stillbirths, but were unable to do so due to lack of suitable evidence. The review and associated BMJ editorial say that current guidance from the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend that women with a previous stillbirth are managed as high risk during ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

RCOG Guidelines Update Management of Severe Perineal TearsRCOG Guidelines Update Management of Severe Perineal Tears
Early diagnosis and proper repair of third- and fourth-degree perineal tears are crucial for better outcomes of these injuries, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines state. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Abortion and Prematurity: A False Alarm
Conclusions of medical and public health organizations Because prematurity is so common and its complications so serious, the potential relationship between abortion and prematurity has been intensively and extensively studied for four decades. All major medical organizations have concluded that no causal association exists. Here is a partial listing of organizations and their assessments: World Health Organization: suction curettage abortion unrelated to prematurity American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: not a risk factor for prematurity Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: "insufficie...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Challenges of developing obstetric medicines discussed in scientific opinion paper
(Wiley) The development of new drugs for use in obstetrics is long overdue. A Scientific Impact Paper published today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists addresses the reasons for this and suggests ways that barriers to finding new treatments could be overcome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Guidelines Updated on Thromboembolic Disease in PregnancyGuidelines Updated on Thromboembolic Disease in Pregnancy
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has released updated guidelines on preventing and treating thromboembolic disease in pregnancy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Souvenir pregnancy scans 'should be banned for first ten weeks'
New advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists rules against the trend which has seen some clinics offering keepsake images from as early as six weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Telling women not to drink when trying to conceive is patronising
New advice for those women trying to conceive concerning alcohol has irked Sally Peck. It's yet another sign of the 'it's all your fault' mothers' club (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: causes of miscarriage Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists RCOG Source Type: news

Women trying to conceive or in the first three months of pregnancy should not drink at all, new guidelines recommend
There is no proven safe amount that women can drink during pregnancy, according to revised advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women who drink while trying for a baby risk miscarriage
Updated advice says the only way to be certain that a baby is not harmed by alcohol is not to drink at all during pregnancy or while breastfeeding (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: causes of miscarriage Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists RCOG Source Type: news

Pregnant flyers told to walk around plane to avoid DVT
Guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London confirms that flying is not harmful to mother or baby when the pregnancy is straightforward. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leading doctors warn only 20 babies have been born using egg freezing
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says egg freezing should not be offered to women of any age, as experts reveal the success rate is just 10 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New advice encourages more home births
"More women should give birth at home, advice suggests," reports The Guardian after draft guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended that women with a low risk of complications in childbirth should be encouraged to either give birth at home or at a midwife-led unit. The guidance has been revised after new evidence has become available since its original publication in 2007. As part of the new guidance, NICE proposes revising its recommendations on the most appropriate place for women to give birth if they are at a low risk of complications. It is this aspect ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news

Four women given pioneering womb transplants impregnated via IVF
Swedish medical team hoping for world first as women born without uterus or who lost it to cancer get embryo transfersFour of nine women given pioneering womb transplants in Sweden have now also had embryos transferred, the pioneering Swedish doctor treating them has said.Dr Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Gothenburg University, said his team had embarked on a programme of embryo transfer for the women, who were either born without a womb or lost it as a result of cancer. All have ovaries so were able to produce eggs that were fertilised using IVF.Brannstrom predicted that three or four of the n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 3, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: The Guardian Family Embryos IVF Biology Fertility problems World news Health Pregnancy & wellbeing Parents and parenting Society Europe Women Sweden Cancer Life and style Organ donation Science Source Type: news

RCN welcomes nurse membership of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has welcomed moves to allow nurses to become members of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), part of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: Royal College of Nursing - UK- National News)
Source: Royal College of Nursing - UK- National News - February 25, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Wednesday 30 October
New guidance on Female Genital Mutilation The Evening Standard reports that health staff across Britain are to be given new guidelines on how to identify and protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) under landmark reforms drawn up by leading medical organisations. The health bodies involved in preparing the guidance include the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The guidance will be launched on Monday 4 November. (Source: Royal College of Nursing News Alert)
Source: Royal College of Nursing News Alert - October 30, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

IVF costs set to soar, scientists warn
Researchers voice 'extreme concern' as deadline to challenge patent for time-lapsed microscopy loomsScientists have only a few weeks to block a patent that could have serious implications for couples seeking IVF treatments in Europe. This is the stark warning from researchers writing in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online.They state that the granting of a patent for a technique known as time-lapsed microscopy (TLM), by the European Patent Office in January, could result in significant increases in the cost of IVF treatments. According to the journal, a test based on the technique – which involves measuring th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 5, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Biology Fertility problems World news Medical research Society The Observer Science Source Type: news

Pregnancy safety advice prompts criticism (BBC News Online, 5 June 2013)
A guide by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which gives advice on potential but unproven risks to child health by exposure to various chemicals in pregnancy, prompts debate in the UK. Full article (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - June 7, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Pregnant Women Should Be Aware Of Unintentional Chemical Exposure
Pregnant women should be aware of the sources and routes of chemical exposure in order to minimize danger to their unborn baby, even though it is still unknown what effects these chemicals could have, suggests research from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Historically, there have been many recommendations on healthily lifestyle choices women can adopt during pregnancy, but there is no standard information on the potential risks that some chemical exposures could pose to the fetus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Controversial advice on chemicals in pregnancy
Conclusion Nervous mothers-to-be may want to take on board RCOG’s recommendations, though as previously mentioned, the evidence to back up these recommendations is lacking. It is important not to lose sight of established harms that are known to cause damage to a pregnancy: smoking drinking alcohol using drugs certain types of medication, such as medications used to treat epilepsy eating certain foods, such as pate or liver Read more about health and wellbeing in pregnancy in the NHS Choices Pregnancy and baby guide. Analysis by Bazian. Edited by NHS Choices. Follow Behind the Headlines on Twitter. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child QA articles Cancer Source Type: news

VIDEO: Row over pregnancy safety advice
Pregnant women are being advised by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to avoid chemicals found in many household products, but other experts have criticised the advice. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Profits From Pregnancy Labeled "Unacceptable"
Trusted organizations, including the NHS and some UK royal colleges, profit by selling commercial advertisers access to pregnant women through promotions like Bounty bags, which has been labeled "unacceptable" by GP Margaret McCartney in a new report. McCartney pointed out, in British Medical Journal (BMJ), that a commercial company was offered access to moms through adverts and editorial content in a magazine being established by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, called "Baby and You" - which is intended to be given to pregnant women for free... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news