Kings Fund: 25 November

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

The care of women requesting induced abortion: evidence-based clinical guideline number 7
These guidelines are for all healthcare professionals and aim to ensure that all women considering induced abortion have access to a high quality service based on national standards. The recommendations cover commissioning and organising services, possible side effects and complications, pre-abortion management, abortion procedures and follow up care.

 
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Caesarean section
NICE has published an update to its existing guidelines on caesarean section. It is hoped that these new recommendations mean more women may avoid unnecessary surgery and that changes in practice will reduce post-operative infections. It also recognises that mental health issues, as well as physical conditions, are possible indications for caesarean section.

 
Royal College of Midwives

State of maternity services report 2011
This report looks at a number of indicators of the pressures on maternity care and the resources available to cope in each of the four United Kingdom countries. It finds that a significant increase in the number of births in each of the four countries, and a trend towards older mothers, is increasing the pressures on maternity care throughout the UK. In England, and in the last few years Wales, this has led to a substantial deficit in the workforce needed to provide a safe level of care to women and their babies.