Royal College of Midwives

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 13.08.2014 | 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 n...

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 "...

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...