Babies born to mothers infected with Covid-19 'already have antibodies against the virus'
Dr Patrick O'Brien, vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said a small number of babies developed an immune response against the virus before they were born. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 and pregnancy, BMJ
This review of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guideline, summarises available evidence on the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and foetuses; and provides recommendations on care of pregnant women with suspected or confirmed infection. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection in pregnancy: information for healthcare professionals
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published the latest advice on how coronavirus affects pregnant women and their unborn babies, how labour and birth should be managed in women with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, as well as information on neonatal care and infant feeding. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

No elevated risk of coronavirus in pregnancy, experts say
No evidence virus passes to foetus during pregnancy, according to latest researchCoronavirus – latest updatesPregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to severe Covid-19 symptoms and there is no evidence that the virus can pass to a baby during pregnancy, according to newguidance.The guidelines, issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, offer reassurance to pregnant women in the UK who until now have not been given any specific details on whether they or their baby are at greater risk.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Pregnancy Health & wellbeing Infectious diseases Life and style Parents and parenting World news UK news China Asia Pacific Medical research Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection and Pregnancy
Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Published: 3/9/2020. This web page provides two resources about coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy: a document on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection in Pregnancy: Information for Healthcare Professionals; and a page of frequently asked questions and information for pregnant women and their families. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Better for women: improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women
A survey of more than 3,000 women commissioned by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists found that women are struggling to access health care services locally. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Emergency contraception: we call for free access for all women via community pharmacies
Commenting on a call from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists today for emergency hormonal contraception to be available'off the shelf' and without a consultation with a pha (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 2, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical royal colleges and homeless charities call for doctors to receive mandatory training in keeping homeless patients off the streets
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), along with seven other medical royal colleges and homeless charities, has called on the Government to urgently address the needs of homeless people treated in the NHS. The organisations made their call in a collective response to the government’s consultation on the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which includes a duty to refer homeless patients in Accident and Emergency departments to their local housing authority. Since its implementation in 2017, it is still unclear whether the HRA’s mandate that hospitals must refer homeless people on, is having any real benefit. Ane...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Cochrane's 30 under 30: Audrey Tan and Eve Tomlinson
Cochrane is made up of  11,000 members and over 67,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.Cochrane is an incredible community of people who all play their part in improving health and healthcare globally. We believe that by putting trusted evidence at the heart of health decisions we can achieve a world of improved health for all.  Many  of our contributors are young people working with Cochrane ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Babies should NOT be delivered before 37 weeks even if their mothers' waters break
The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is calling on doctors not to always induce pregnant women if they do not go into labour despite their waters breaking at just 34 weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies should NOT be delivered before 34 weeks even if their mothers' waters break
The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is calling on doctors not to always induce pregnant women if they do not go into labour despite their waters breaking at just 34 weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shropshire baby deaths: Families could pull out of inquiry
Some parents object to the involvement of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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 2/27/19
Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Published: 2/27/2019. This 12-page document, updated in February 2019, provides guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and prevention. It includes advice for pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy, and recommendations for pregnant women whose partner has been to an area with risk for Zika virus transmission, and any pregnant woman with possible exposure to Zika virus, presenting with fetal ultrasound findings consistent with microcephaly. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical establishment joins together against harmful NHS charging policy
Following a string of media reports revealing the harm caused by NHS charging to Doctors of the World patients and others, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) have today joined together to call for a suspension of the charging regulations pending an independent review.   In doing so, they’ve joined other voices, including the British Medical Association Council Chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, who have ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Second annual report on prevention of harm during labour
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published the second annual report into stillbirth, early neonatal death and severe brain injury occurring during labour at term. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pregnant women should be told about the risks of C-sections
New Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines have warned it is vital to diagnose placenta praevia and placenta accreta early. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women 'need to know egg freezing risk'
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists warns about low success rates and high costs. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childbirth safety programme looks at anaesthetic care
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published a detailed analysis of anaesthetic care given to 49 mothers between 2015 and 2017. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCOG doctor says women should take abortion pills at home
Professor Lesley Regan, who is President of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said women should be able to take the drug at home. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts urge women not to apply vinegar to their vaginas
Professor Linda Cardozo from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London warns vinegar could disrupt the vagina's 'good' bacteria, leading to irritation and infections. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women should not clean their vaginas with Vicks' VapoRub
A spokesperson from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London warns the trend could worsen existing thrush infections by disrupting vaginal bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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 21, 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 27, 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 28, 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 22, 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 15, 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 11, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news