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Research reveals concerning childbirth trends

Published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the research found the rate of postpartum haemorrhage or childbirth haemorrhage had increased by 50 per cent relative


Variations in placental microbiota appear related to premature birth

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has found a surplus of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from premature births, supporting the hypothesis that maternal infection may cause preterm birth.


Sugars in infant formulas pose risk to babies with inherited metabolic disorder

Babies with inherited intolerance of fructose face a risk of acute liver failure if they are fed certain widely available formulas containing fructose, pediatricians and geneticists are warning. Baby formula


Pregnant smokers may reduce harm done to baby’s lungs by taking vitamin C

In a previous study of pregnant smokers by the American Thoracic Society, the researchers reported that daily supplemental vitamin C in pregnant women who could not quit smoking improved their


‘Breastfeeding must be a public health priority’ says RCM on new UNICEF report

A new report by UNICEF has highlighted global “breastfeeding gaps” between rich and poor and shows UK breastfeeding rates amongst the lowest in the world. The analysis notes that one in


Optimising steroid use in pregnancy

A pioneering research program aiming to optimise steroid use in pregnancy, and minimise potential side effects of excess steroid exposure to both mother and baby, is set to benefit the


6-7 December 2018, National Trainees Conference; Birmingham

Overview The National Trainees Conference is for trainees of all grades and hosted by trainees. This year’s conference aims to address moral and motivation within our speciality; to inject some


18-19 October 2018, Faculty of RCOG Medical Educators Summit; London

Overview One of the strategic aims of the college is to improve women’s health by providing high quality education and training and support of doctors throughout their careers. The Faculty


11-12 August 2018, Basic Practical Skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Camberley

Overview The RCOG Basic Practical Skills course (BPS) is designed to introduce trainees to safe surgical techniques and obstetric clinical skills, in a structured workshop environment. The course is standardised


5 July 2018, RCOG Operative Birth Simulation Training (ROBuST); Chorley

Overview The aim of RCOG ROBuST course is to provide instruction and hands-on practice in all methods of operative vaginal birth (both non-rotational and rotational) to facilitate the achievement of