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An online abortion service can offer an alternative to unsafe methods of ending pregnancies, a study of women in Northern Ireland and the Republic concluded. Almost 95% of interventions were "successful". A tenth sought medical attention. International researchers analysed data showing that rates of adverse effects after using drugs to…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
Just 7% of women with mental health problems during or after pregnancy are getting specialist help, a new poll suggests. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said the NHS is "letting down" some of the most vulnerable women in society. The RCOG said its latest report highlights an…
Pregnant women and new mothers could be given greater protection from being sacked under Government plans. Business minister Margot James said there would be "zero tolerance" of discrimination against expectant or new mothers in the workplace. The Government will consult on options to make sure there are sufficient protections against…
Hospital bosses with responsibility for the treatment of a pregnant woman with learning difficulties did not launch legal proceedings quickly enough, a Court of Protection judge has said. Managers had asked Mr Justice Baker to decide whether the woman should have a caesarean section against her wishes - and he…
One of Britain's biggest abortion providers put women at risk by failing to adequately train staff and neglecting to obtain proper consent from patients, a watchdog report has revealed. Staff at Marie Stopes International (MSI) had "limited training" in resuscitation and clinicians were found to be "bulk-signing" forms authorising abortions,…
A scheme which gives contraception to women at risk of having their children taken into care will be expanded following a cash injection from the Government. The Pause programme supports vulnerable women, who are at risk of having repeat pregnancies, on the condition they use long-acting reversible contraception such as…
Maternity care at almost three-quarters of local NHS groups needs to improve, new figures show. In total, 209 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were rated of which 144 "need improvement," with 11 registering the "greatest need for improvement," according NHS England. Just one group, West Kent, was ranked as "top performing"…
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