Royal College of Midwives

The Number Of Nurses And Midwives Leaving The Profession Has Soared

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK

The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has soared by 51% in just four years, new figures have revealed. Low pay and poor working con...

NICE Calls For Pregnant Women And New Mums To Receive Mental Health Support From GPs

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnant women and new mothers should be given more support and guidance surrounding their mental health, according to a new report by NICE. The Natio...

5 Things To Know About Having A Baby In Your 40s Or 50s

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents

Janet Jackson recently gave birth to her first child and has been criticised by people - including Piers Morgan - because at 50 years old, she is an o...

A Right Wing Conspiracy or a Triumph for Women - It Depends What You Read

Cathy Warwick | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Cathy Warwick

I would urge caution about extrapolating from headlines to reality. Consider the full report carefully. I hope that having done that you will be excited, although possibly challenged, by the prospect of actually doing something to ensure high quality care across the Board. I think this report is a triumph for women but hey - that's only my opinion!

Time to Think Again About Crackdown on Right to Strike

Cathy Warwick | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

I hope the Government will listen. I hope they will think again and withdraw their plans to make the right to strike all but redundant. There is no need for it, it is unfair, and may well end up costing the taxpayer a great deal as agency staff are brought in to break strikes.

Pillorying the Very People Working Hard to Maintain a Safe Service Should Be Beneath a Secretary of State

Cathy Warwick | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

This kind of language, pillorying the very people working hard to maintain a safe service, is bad enough when it appears in a shoddy piece of journalism, but should simply be beneath a secretary of state. I know I am not the only one who reacted in this way. A great many midwives and people working in and around our profession have been in touch to express similar thoughts.

Government's Double Standards on New Trade Union Law

Cathy Warwick | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

It is odd that a party which earlier this month won the support of just 24% of the electorate and which claims a mandate to govern for the next five years believes that a union that wins exactly the same level of support in a ballot on industrial action would not have a mandate to go on strike for five hours.

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking point.

We Have an Opportunity to End England's Midwife Shortage

Cathy Warwick | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

A quarter of new mothers are left alone in labour, according to a new survey from NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). That is about 175,00...

Is the Government Waking up to Midwife Shortage?

Cathy Warwick | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

Our number-crunching, for the year 2011, suggests that England is short of as many as 5,000 midwives. Progress on midwife numbers since the turn of the century reminds me of the tortoise and the hare. I just hope that, as in the case of that fable, the tortoise ends up winning.

Biggest Baby Boom In 40 Years Due..

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

The biggest baby boom in 40 years is expected just as maternity cutbacks hit hospitals. New figures suggest more than 700,000 babies will be born i...

Antenatal Depression Sufferers 'Are Being Failed'

PA | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK

More needs to be done to spot and support women suffering with antenatal depression, experts have warned today. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM)...

Why Are Twice As Many Women Dying During Childbirth?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

According to recent statistics recorded in The Lancet, the number of women who have died during childbirth has doubled in the last five years – with...

More Midwives Needed for Baby Boom Britain

Cathy Warwick | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

We are in an age of austerity, of course. But the government often boasts that the NHS budget has been protected, and surely if there is any group that should be shielded from the brunt of any cuts it is newborn babies.

The Dark Side of the Baby Show: Arms Trade Links and 'Unscrupulous' Advice

Rebecca Schiller | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Schiller

Each £20-poorer attendee at the heavily marketed mecca the Baby Show found themselves unwittingly linked to the arms trade and exposed to some highly contentious advice from unregulated self-styled baby gurus.

NHS Reforms: A Catalogue of Disasters Is Gaining Momentum

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Last week, we learned that not only are vast swathes of the general public feeling nervous about the Conservative's Healthcare Reform Bill, but so are healthcare professionals. Several healthcare unions have started to sharpen their scalpels.

Home Birth Risk For New Mothers

PA | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

First-time mothers who opt for a home birth are almost three times more likely to have a baby who dies or suffers brain damage, a major new report has...

Mums and Midwives Get Older as Births Keep Booming

Cathy Warwick | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Warwick

Mums are getting older. The number of births to women (and girls) under 20 is down in all four parts of the UK. In Scotland there are now fewer births to teenage mums than in any year since 1952.

Midwives Struggle To Cope With Baby Boom

PA | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Maternity services in England and Wales have been "overwhelmed" by a rising number of births, including more complex cases, according to a new report....

New Pregnancy Guide For Fathers To Be Published

PA | Posted 14.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A guide to help fathers during the pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods of their partners is being published. Men can be left "trau...

Midwives are Able to Help Women Make the Right Choice About Their Childbirth

Cathy Warwick | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

I really believe that if midwives are able to to really make sure that women understand what their choices mean for them and their baby -- the risks and benefits -- then far fewer women will choose elective caesareans.

David Cameron Criticised Over Failure To Add 3,000 Midwives

PA | Posted 08.12.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron's failure to honour a promise to introduce an extra 3,000 midwives in England is putting the safety of mothers and unborn babies at risk...

Michael Rundle

NHS 'Needs 4,700 Midwives To Keep Pace With Birth Rate' | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.09.2011 | UK

Ahead of a controversial programme that will reveal how maternity services in London are struggling to cope with increasing birth rates and a shortage...