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Quarter of UK women unable to access perinatal mental health services

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA)’s Everyone’s Business campaign has launched a new map which shows that a quarter of pregnant women and new mothers in the UK are still unable to access specialist maternal mental health services which meet national guidelines.

WHO launches sepsis prevention ‘clean your hands’ campaign

World Hand Hygiene Day will be held on Saturday 5 May 2018, calling on health care professionals to promote the following calls to action: Health workers: “Take 5 moments to clean your hands to prevent sepsis in health care” IPC leaders: “Be a champion in promoting hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in health care” Health facility leaders: “Prevent sepsis in health care, make hand hygiene a quality indicator in your hospital” Ministries of health: “Implement the 2017 WHA sepsis resolution.

Promoting Collaborative Working with Women, University of Manchester

A conference promoting and celebrating collaborative working with women is being held at the University of Manchester this month.

First-year midwifery practice does not impact risk of perinatal mortality, claims study

A study conducted in New Zealand, on whether there was an increased risk of perinatal mortality when women were booked with a community lead maternity carer (LMC) in their first year of practice, found that the length of time in midwifery practice does not impact the risk of perinatal mortality.

Midwifery applications down by 35% in England, data shows

UCAS data, analysed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), shows that there has been a 35% drop in the number of applications for midwifery courses in England since 2013.

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