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NMC announces further changes to help boost nursing and midwifery workforce

The cost of the professional test of competence that overseas nurses, midwives and nursing associates must take to work in the UK will reduce by more than 20 per cent,

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New English test set to fill NHS jobs

The future for testing English and making sure overseas healthcare staff are language-ready for work is the new Occupational English Test (OET). From May 2019, overseas healthcare staff will be

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Is 50 the new 40 for safe childbirth?

Researchers have determined that childbirth is as safe after age 50 as age 40 without endangering the mother or the baby. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical

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Child’s elevated mental ill-health risk if mother treated for infection during pregnancy

Risks for autism and depression are higher if one’s mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. This is shown by a major Swedish observational study of nearly 1.8

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Baby Lifeline launches national community midwives’ bags

Call the Midwife stars Linda Bassett and Leonie Elliott recently launched the trial of Baby Lifeline’s new standardised home delivery bag for community midwives. Mother and baby charity Baby Lifeline provides ongoing training for maternity healthcare

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Infants exposed to corticosteroids in utero are smaller at birth

Infants exposed to antenatal corticosteroid therapy (ACT) to accelerate lung maturation have a clinically significant reduction in birth size, according to a new of study of 278,508 births published this

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Night and weekend births have substantially higher risk of delivery complications

A new study published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal found that the quantity of delivery complications in hospitals are substantially higher during nights, weekends and holidays, and in teaching hospitals. Each

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New robotic sensor technology can diagnose reproductive health problems in real-time

Researchers have developed new robotic sensor technology that has the capability to diagnose women’s reproductive health problems in real-time. The technology, developed by researchers at Imperial College London and The

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Benefits of delayed cord clamping in healthy babies

A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants’ umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new University of

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Women should be offered a choice of treatment options for miscarriage

Women experiencing miscarriage should be offered a choice in the treatment they receive, argues a new study from the University of Warwick that compares all treatment options for the first