Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: guidelines
The new edition of Sands’ Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: guidelines for professionals
has been published. The guidelines include four new chapters: ‘Termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly or maternal medical conditions’; ‘Labour and birth when a baby has died’; ‘Mental health’; and ‘Receiving and responding to feedback: parent experiences’.
Better care needed for disabled pregnant woman
Bournemouth University has published The human rights & dignity experience of disabled women during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting
. Commissioned by the charity Birthrights this interim report highlights how maternity care services may not be meeting the needs of some pregnant disabled women. The report follows a survey of women with physical or sensory impairment or long term health conditions which highlighted how despite most women rating the support they received from maternity health carers positively only 19% of women thought that reasonable adjustments or accommodations had been made for them.
Female genital mutilation report
The House of Commons Home Affairs select committee has published Female genital mutilation: abuse unchecked
. The Committee reported that it was "beyond belief" that thirty years after female genital mutilation (FGM) was made illegal in the UK there has been not one successful prosecution. The Committee were also concerned by reports that some clinicians are ignoring the duty on frontline healthcare professionals, social care workers and teachers to record data on FGM incidence, and repeat’s its call for the Government to introduce stronger sanctions for failing to meet the mandatory reporting responsibility.
Female genital mutilation healthcare videos
The Department of Health has released three videos
to help healthcare professionals understand, safeguard and care for women and girls affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). The videos show: women talking about their personal experiences of FGM; NHS professionals discuss the mandatory reporting duty and how it applies to all health and social care professionals; and mental health specialists discussing the impact of FGM on the mental health of women and girls and how to support patients who have been affected.
Pregnancy and maternity discrimination
The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has published Pregnancy and maternity discrimination
. Following an increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade, this report calls for UK women to have protections similar to those in Germany. The report calls on the Government to publish a detailed plan within the next two years and recommends changes to health and safety practices, preventing discriminatory redundancies and an increase in protection for casual, agency and zero-hours workers.