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StudyMRCOG – READ, UPDATE & IMPROVE

StudyMRCOG is putting more initiative to access all the latest news in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology in just one single click. We believe that all the students shall be up to date on the changed happening at the present and about to come on future. These data help us to improve ourselves It sounds daunting, but improvements don’t have to be huge, they can be really small which incrementally leads to huge change. Think improving just 1% each day and build upon that every single day.

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IBLCE 2022 Key Examination and Recertification by CERPs Dates Announced

The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in March/April (English) and in September (in all IBLCE languages).
The schedule for application and administration of the 2022 IBCLC examination.

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RCOG and FSRH welcome provision of the progestogen-only contraceptive pill in pharmacies

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced today that progestogen-only contraceptive pills will be available in pharmacies in England. This is the first time that women will be able to access the progestogen-only pill over the counter in pharmacies, something we have recommended for many years.

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EUROPEAN BOARD & COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY

Part 2 OSCE exam 2021 – Applications are now open!
Applications for the 2021 Part 2 OSCE exam are now open. Exam will be in Lisbon, Portugal on 20 & 21 November.
If the pandemic continues and travel restrictions continue we will inform the candidates for the format of the exam in due course.

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RCOG/FSRH statement on intrauterine device (IUD) insertions and pain relief

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) have released a statement acknowledging the recent shared experiences of women who have received a intrauterine device (IUD) fitting.

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Women With Gestational Diabetes At Increased Risk For Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Finland: Women with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the decade following delivery versus pregnant women without gestational diabetes, finds a recent study.

The findings of the study were presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology (virtual meeting) held from May 22-26, 2021.

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EBCOG position statement on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Covid 19 pandemic has led to significant mortality and long term morbidity globally. Pregnant women are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID 19 infection. There is an urgent need for all health authorities and Governments to offer vaccination to all pregnant women especially those with high risk pregnancy.

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Notification

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Step 2: Certification Fees & Key Dates

Initial Certification Application Fees

In order to make its certification financially accessible to all those qualified to participate, despite the wide variance in economic conditions throughout the world, IBLCE uses the purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita metric as determined by international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and used by a number of international NGOs. PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of countries. Check the Candidate Information Guide for the 2021 Fee Schedule for initial certification. IBLCE only accepts payment in USD.

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The RCOG confirms agreement with Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two organisations to develop shared goals towards the betterment of women’s health in the UK and Japan.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG), to collaborate together to ensure exceptional patient care for women and girls globally.

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Early menopause linked to higher risk of future coronary heart disease

Women who are menopausal by the age of 40 had a 40% increased risk of developing coronary heart disease over their lifetime compared to women who did not go through early menopause, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021.

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RCOG responds to new COVID-19 and pregnancy study

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has welcomed a new study published today which sheds light on the association between COVID-19 and pregnancy outcomes.
The study by the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit found that pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19 in England at the time of birth had higher rates of stillbirth or a preterm birth; however, the actual increases remain low.

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CPSP Exam Postponement

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MRCOG Part 1 – Eligbiility Deadline Closes Soon

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FDA Approves Immunotherapy For Endometrial Cancer With Specific Genetic Feature

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to Jemperli (dostarlimab) for treating patients with recurrent or advanced endometrial cancer that has progressed on or following prior treatment with a platinum-containing chemotherapy and whose cancers have a specific genetic feature known as dMMR (which contain abnormalities that affect the proper repair of DNA inside the cell), as determined by an Food and drug administration-approved test.

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New research calls for comprehensive reform of miscarriage care and treatment

A new three-paper report – The Lancet Series on Miscarriage – highlights that the current approach to miscarriage care must be improved, by providing more accurate diagnosis and appropriate investigations, improved treatments to prevent miscarriage, effective management methods that suit women’s needs and preferences, and treatment from health-care professionals specifically trained in early pregnancy care. The authors also note that there is an urgent need to offer psychological support for affected women and their partners.

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Antidepressant use in pregnancy tied to affective disorders in offspring; no causal link

Major depressive disorder is highly prevalent, with one in five people experiencing an episode at some point in their life, and is almost twice as common in women than in men. Antidepressants are usually given as a first-line treatment, including during pregnancy, either to prevent the recurrence of depression, or as acute treatment in newly depressed patients. Antidepressant use during pregnancy is widespread and since antidepressants cross the placenta and the blood-brain barrier, concern exists about potential long-term effects of intrauterine antidepressant exposure in the unborn child.

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National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) issues revised advice on the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

All authorised COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalisation and severe illness and death from this disease.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has issued revised advice to the Department of Health on the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in light of the outcome of the recent investigation by the European Medicines Agency. The EMA has added unusual clotting events with low platelet counts as very rare side effects to the vaccine product information. These rare events are estimated to occur between 4 and 10 in every 1 million people, one of whom may die.

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Stem cells reproduce the beginnings of the placenta

The Yasuhiro Takashima lab shows that naïve iPS cells can be induced to form all the stages that mimic early placenta development in humans. Gynecologist Shingo Io knows that during birth there will not only be a baby leaving the mother’s body.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Of Breast Feeding Mothers May Also Protect Babies

Nursing mothers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine may pass protective antibodies to their babies through breast milk for at least 80 days following vaccination, suggests new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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More Transfusions During Pregnancy May Lower Intrauterine Fetal Death Risk In SCD: Study

Pregnancy in sickle cell disease is at very high risk. Many reports have documented a considerable maternal risk of morbidity and mortality and high perinatal adverse outcomes. Previously, several systematic review and meta-analysis of previous observational studies, have quantified this risk. They showed that women with SCD have an increased risk of preeclampsia and maternal death, stillbirths, preterm deliveries, and small-for-gestational-age newborns.

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RCPI Membership Exams gain UK recognition

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland welcomes the decision by the General Medical Council in the UK to add the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Membership Examinations to their list of acceptable Postgraduate Qualifications.

This decision means that International Medical Graduates can apply for full registration with a licence to practise in the UK if they hold a postgraduate qualification from the list below:

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FCPS Notification

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About MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II OSCE/Clinical

The Part II OSCE/Clinical examination consists of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and a clinical exam.
The OSCE has seven ten-minute stations and at least one rest station. The OSCE stations test your knowledge and understanding of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, as well as problem-solving, diagnosis, investigation, treatment, clinical and communication skills. There’s no patient at the rest station; it’s a short break and an opportunity to prepare for the next station.

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Type 2 Diabetes: An Unknown Danger for Women with Gestational Diabetes

While it’s an unfair reality that women who develop gestational diabetes are ten times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, only a third of these women realise that they’re at high risk, according to new research by the University of South Australia.

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National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommends temporary deferral of the administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca®

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has today recommended the temporary deferral of the administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca®.
Following a new safety alert from the Norwegian Medicines Agency received late on 13 March 2021, NIAC met with the HPRA and HSE representatives to consider this new information. A full committee meeting was held this morning.

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Type 2 diabetes: An unknown danger for women with gestational diabetes

While it’s an unfair reality that women who develop gestational diabetes are ten times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, only a third of these women realize that they’re at high risk, according to new research by the University of South Australia.

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SARS-CoV-2 Placentitis and Stillbirth– information from the RCPI Faculty of Pathology

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved during 2020 a small number of international reports began to emerge describing a particular pattern of inflammation in placentas of COVID-19 positive women. A group in Cork University Hospital/Cork University Maternity Hospital described one case and brought it and 10 others from the international literature together in a review article and used the term “SARS-CoV-2 placentitis” to describe this particular pattern of placental involvement by COVID-19 in January 2021 (Linehan et al).

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Accelerating gains in abdominal fat during menopause tied to heart disease risk

Women who experience an accelerated accumulation of abdominal fat during menopause are at greater risk of heart disease, even if their weight stays steady, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis published today in the journal Menopause.

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Vaginal Pessaries Safe And Simple Solution For Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Study

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The aging population combined with increasing obesity rates has resulted in more women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse. Common treatment options include pelvic reconstructive surgery or the use of pessaries to prop up descending organs. A new study evaluated the long-term effectiveness of pessaries, as well as reasons why women discontinued their use. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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Primary Ovarian Insufficiency Associated With Increased Risk Of Osteoporosis

CLEVELAND: The loss of estrogen after menopause is associated with rapid bone loss. A new study compared the bone health outcomes in women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) and early menopause with women who experienced menopause at the standard age to confirm the association between POI and osteoporosis. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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FCPS NOTIFICATION

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Information for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and their doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine

Information specific to Comirnaty® – Pfizer/BioNTech, COVID-19 Vaccine – Moderna, and COVID-19 Vaccine – Astra Zeneca
The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in conjunction with the Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service at the Rotunda Hospital and the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland have compiled information for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and their doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Royal Colleges update national guidance on COVID-19 and pregnancy

Risk of severe illness remains more common in later pregnancy with premature birth more than twice as likely in pregnant women with symptoms.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have today released updated national guidance to healthcare professionals about managing COVID-19 infection in pregnancy.

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Practice Exam Online

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Misuse of opioid drugs during pregnancy could have lasting impact on child’s development

As the number of pregnant women using opioid drugs continues to rise, questions have been raised about the long-term health effects on children exposed to these drugs in the womb. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine now have preliminary but striking evidence that suggests that such exposure can cause long-lasting impairment in the brain’s ability to process sensory information. These impairments may give rise to autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and substance use disorders during adolescence. The landmark study, recently published in Journal of Neuroscience, used a preclinical model to study the issue and found that newborn mice exposed to the opioid fentanyl in the womb developed withdrawal symptoms and sensory processing disorders that lasted at least until adolescence.

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No links between opioids or certain antibiotics in pregnancy and major birth defects

Two studies published by The BMJ today find no links between prescription opioids or macrolide antibiotics taken during pregnancy and risk of major birth defects.
Both opioids (painkillers) and macrolides (antibiotics) are often prescribed during pregnancy. Some previous studies have reported associations between exposure to opioids and macrolides and certain birth defects, but results are inconsistent.

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Examinations Calendar for 2020 – 2021 now available

We have published an updated examinations calendar for the rest of 2020 and dates for the first part of 2021. Written examinations recommenced in June 2020.
The situation with regards to COVID -19 continues to evolve. We will make decisions in line with the latest advice from the Government and Department of Health in Ireland.

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90-day vaginal ring shows promise as method for preventing both HIV and pregnancy

A vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine and the contraceptive hormone levonorgestrel delivered sustained levels of each drug when used continuously for 90 days—levels likely sufficient to serve its dual purpose for protecting against both HIV and unwanted pregnancy, according to findings of a new study.
Results of the Phase I study of the 90-day dual-purpose ring are being presented at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) Virtual Conference, or HIVR4P // Virtual, which is taking place over the course of four days: Jan. 27-28 and Feb. 3-4.

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The RCOG and the RCM respond to misinformation around Covid-19 vaccine and fertility

The RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are aware that there has been some misinformation circulating about the impact of Covid-19 vaccines on fertility. In response to this misinformation, the RCOG and RCM would like to make the following statements.
Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of Covid-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for Pregnant Women

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service (IMPS) at the Rotunda Hospital have produced a COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women.
The decision aid, endorsed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP), is for women who are pregnant and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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MBRRACE-UK Report Response

The latest MBRRACE-UK report Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care which examines the care received by women who die during or up to a year after pregnancy has been released today. The current report covers all pregnancy-associated deaths involving UK women between 2016 and 2018.
The results indicate that whilst maternal death is still rare in the UK, there are some important actions identified to prevent women from dying in the future.

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Important information on mandatory training courses

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) would like to reassure Trainees that all mandatory training courses are going ahead, as scheduled, this January and February. If a training course is being rescheduled or postponed, we will be in touch.
However, we are conscious that Trainees are working on the frontline of the health service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and that due to this they may find themselves unable to attend a course.

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Information for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and their doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the National Immunisation Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland have compiled information for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and their doctors about the Covid19 vaccine. This information has also been endorsed by the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme.
“Today we are issuing information to help to inform women who are pregnant or breastfeeding about the Covid19 vaccine and also for their doctors which can help to inform discussions at this critical time” Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist said. “It is important that women seek trusted information about the vaccines and can assess their risks with regards to Covid19 and the vaccine in consultation with their healthcare providers.”

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Updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding

The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has also published its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the Oxford University/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. This includes updated advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women who meet other criteria for priority vaccination.

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Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? An immunologist answers 3 questions

This week, I was vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which brought to mind some frequently asked questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a new type of vaccine that has been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profile. It has not yet been assessed in pregnancy so the government, through the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), have advised that until more information is available, those who are pregnant should not have this vaccine.

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Perinatal Management of Extreme Preterm Birth at the Threshold of Viability

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COVID-19 Vaccination and Pregnancy

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a new type of vaccine that has been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profile. It has not yet been assessed in pregnancy so the government, through the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), have advised that until more information is available, those who are pregnant should not have this vaccine.

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FCPS Notification

The College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan announces that the candidates having following Roll Numbers of FCPS-I have been declared successful in the examination in the following subjects held in November 24-26,2020.

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Covid-19: Impact on RCPI exams and new 2020 – 2021 examinations calendar

We have published an updated examinations calendar for the rest of 2020 and dates for the first part of 2021. Written examinations recommenced in June 2020.
The situation with regards to COVID -19 continues to evolve. We will make decisions in line with the latest advice from the Government and Department of Health in Ireland.

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Advice for health professionals providing pregnancy screening tests published

Leading Colleges have released advice for healthcare professionals to ensure they provide screening results to pregnant women and their partners in an unbiased and non-directive way, making families aware of their options and giving them time to decide their next steps.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Society and College of Radiographers have developed a consensus statement which gives professionals clear advice on how to speak to women and their partners about screening options, test results and where families can go for additional support.

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Fraudulent WhatsApp messages to exam candidates

The College has been made aware of fraudulent WhatsApp messages sent to an exam candidate following an exchange via a Facebook page.
The message claims that, in light of the disruption to our exams caused by the pandemic, the College has decided to grant full membership to all candidates who have passed the theoretical parts of our exam (Part 1 and Part 2 MRCOG) and who have practical experience. The email then asks candidates who meet these criteria to email their CV and results for the Part 1 and Part 2 exams to a specified email address which contains the word ‘MRCOG’.

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New research suggests caffeine raises stillbirth risk in pregnancy

Scientists from Tommy’s Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre at the University of Manchester have studied more than 1,000 mothers across 41 UK hospitals between 2014 and 2016.
They combined information typically used to measure stillbirth risk with an interviewer-led questionnaire about mothers’ consumption of various caffeinated drinks, as well as other risk factors like alcohol and cigarettes that have confused previous studies, to see if and when stillbirth may have been linked to caffeine.

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Application for EBCOG Part 1 exam is open Now – Please Register immediately

The exam consists of 2 parts.
Part 1 is a knowledge based exam based on a computer based test and part 2 is an OSCE. There is also an optional prep course for each exam.
The number of seats are limited. To guarantee a seat early reservation is recommended.
If you have any specific exam questions please contact our exam secretariat Mr Alexandros Peristeropoulos at: [email protected]

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EBCOG Fellowship Exam

The exam consists of 2 parts.
Part 1 is a knowledge based exam based on a computer based test and part 2 is an OSCE. There is also an optional prep course for each exam.
The number of seats are limited. To guarantee a seat early reservation is recommended.
If you have any specific exam questions please contact our exam secretariat Mr Alexandros Peristeropoulos at: [email protected]
Subscribe at bottom of page for updates regarding our exam activities. Also check out the EBCOG facebook (@ebcogorg) or twitter account (@ebcog_org) for updates, pictures and comments regarding our exams.

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Diet and lifestyle during pregnancy linked to modifications in infants’ DNA

A new study has shown pregnant women with obesity could reduce the health risks for their infants through improved diet and more physical activity.
Research published in the journal PLOS Medicine investigates the impact of high glucose in mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and changes to infants DNA.

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Safe pregnancy is possible for women with interstitial lung disease

A new study shows that women with interstitial lung disease (ILD) related to autoimmune disease may not need to terminate their pregnancies—despite the increased risk of adverse outcomes—provided they have close monitoring from their team of multidisciplinary physicians before, during and after pregnancy. Results of the research was presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting (ABSTRACT #1446).

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Postponement of Part 3 MRCOG exam

The College has taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone the November Part 3 MRCOG exams until further notice following recent news and research suggesting that the COVID-19 infection rate is increasing exponentially in many parts of the country.
In reaching this decision, the Officers and RCOG Executive had extensive discussions considering the risks of proceeding with the exam.

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Clinical Presentation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People

OBJECTIVE:
To describe the clinical presentation, symptomology, and disease course of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in pregnancy.
METHODS:
The PRIORITY (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY) study is an ongoing nationwide prospective cohort study of people in the United States who are pregnant or up to 6 weeks postpregnancy with known or suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.

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Mothers pass on allergies to offspring, preclinical study shows

Mothers can pass allergies to offspring while they are developing in the womb, researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore reported this week in the journal Science.
The study, which employed an animal model conducted according to the National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) guidelines, shows that the key antibody responsible for triggering allergic reactions, immunoglobulin E (IgE), can cross the placenta and enter the fetus.

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Booking Open for MRCOG Part 2

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Booking Open for MRCOG Part 1

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Doctors suggest ways to reduce obstetrical complications in endometriosis patients

A team of doctors from RUDN University with their Italian colleagues have studied the data of existing studies on the effect of endometriosis on pregnancy and childbirth and suggested ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with this condition. The results of the work were published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine.

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FCPS II – Notification

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New research bolsters link between prenatal smoking and impaired lung development

Babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from impaired lung development. They are also more susceptible to developing lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new research article published in the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. The article has been chosen as an APSselect article for October.

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Flu vaccination for pregnant women essential this winter, say professional bodies

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are urging all pregnant women to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination this winter to protect themselves and their baby from complications caused by the flu virus.
For the majority of people, flu is usually a self-limiting disease with a relatively quick recovery time. However, developing flu during pregnancy can be serious for a small number of women and their babies. This is because pregnancy can alter how your body handles viral infections, such as flu.

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RCPI launch new online Gateway to Communication course

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has just launched a new online course to help promote better communication skills for doctors. The Gateway to Communication course has been developed in association with the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Irish College of General Practitioners, the HSE Open Disclosure Programme, and the HSE National Healthcare Communication Programme.
This innovative new course will be delivered online and allows doctors in the Irish healthcare service to complete it at a time that suits them.

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Researchers zero in on genetic connection to postpartum hemorrhage

Researchers have identified genetic mutations that appear to protect women from severe bleeding after childbirth, a leading cause of maternal death. A preliminary study of the findings is being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 annual meeting.
DNA, which carries genetic information in cells, contain biological instructions. A genetic mutation, which is a permanent change in the DNA, can be beneficial, decreasing a person’s risk for a disease or condition, or harmful, increasing that risk.

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Vitamin D exposure in utero might minimize high blood pressure risk for children born to mothers with preeclampsia

Children appear to be at greater risk of having high blood pressure when their mothers had the high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia during pregnancy—but this adverse association may be reduced or even eliminated for children who were exposed to higher levels of vitamin D in the womb, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The findings, based on an analysis of data on 754 mother-child pairs in Massachusetts, suggest that higher vitamin D levels in pregnancy may help protect children born to preeclamptic women from developing high blood pressure.

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Fertility rates lower in women with inflammatory bowel disease

(HealthDay)—Fertility is lower in women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis.
Emma Druvefors, from County Hospital Ryhov in Jönköping, Sweden, and colleagues used the Swedish National Patient Register to identify 27,331 women with IBD (aged 15 to 44 years in 1964 to 2014) to assess differences in fertility compared to 131,892 matched individuals without IBD.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and abortion care

Version 3.1: Published Friday 31 July 2020 – guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and abortion care, published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and the British Society of Abortion Care Providers.

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Part 2 MRCOG: exam calendar and fees

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Targeted intervention to reduce severe tearing in childbirth ‘promising’, studies reveal

Two new evaluation papers exploring the impact of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ and Royal College of Midwives’ OASI Care Bundle have been published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and BMJ Open
Third- or fourth-degree perineal tears, also known as an obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI), can occur in 6 out of 100 births (6%) for first-time mothers and less than 2 in 100 births (2%) of births for women who have had a vaginal birth before. These injuries can have severe, life-long implications for a woman’s mental and physical health. 

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NAMS updates guidance for genitourinary syndrome of menopause

(HealthDay)—In a position statement from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), published in the September issue of Menopause, updated recommendations are presented for the treatment of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).
Stephanie S. Faubion, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and colleagues reviewed the evidence on vaginal hormone therapies and other management options for GSM. Recommendations were updated and expanded based on current evidence.

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Healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy could lead to healthier children, study finds

New research shows improving the lifestyle of women with obesity during pregnancy could mean long-term cardiovascular benefits for their children.
The study, led by King’s College London and supported by the British Heart Foundation and Tommy’s charity, examined how an antenatal diet and physical activity intervention in pregnant women with obesity could positively influence the health of the women and their children three years after giving birth.

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MRCPI – Examination Calender

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Women’s wellness: Three tips for gynecologic cancer awareness

Gynecologic cancers start in a woman’s reproductive organs. The five main types are cervical, endometrial, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar cancer. Every five minutes, a woman is diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, according to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. And of the estimated 90,000 women in the U.S. who are diagnosed, more than 33,000 will die from these diseases.

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Study identifies how infection by Zika virus during pregnancy can affect the fetal brain

Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause severe abnormalities in the fetus, including malformations such as microcephaly. In a small proportion of cases, the disease may lead to miscarriage and perinatal death.A network of more than 30 Brazilian researchers set out to find the causes of these problems with the support of FAPESP and obtained important results after half a decade of hard work.

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Methylation profiles of imprinted genes are distinct between mature ovarian teratoma, complete hydatidiform mole, and extragonadal mature teratoma

Mature ovarian teratoma is considered to be a parthenogenetic tumor that arises from a single oocyte/ovum. Conversely, complete hydatidiform mole (CHM) is androgenetic in origin: classic CHM arises from a single or two sperm. Since mature ovarian teratoma and CHM have only maternal and paternal genomes, respectively, their genome imprinting is theoretically reverse, but this has yet to be investigated.

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CPSP – FCPS OBG Part 2 – Important Announcement

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Balanced diet while breastfeeding helps in post-delivery weight loss

NAGPUR: Most of us know that breast milk helps to keep the baby healthy by providing all the important nutrients that the child requires in the proper quantities. Breastfeeding also has its benefits for mothers. Apart from saving new mothers from various types of cancer, diabetes and hypertension, it helps burn calories thereby helping in post-partum weight loss, said dietitian Malvika Fulwan.

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Benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with COVID-19

Inhaled nitric oxide (NO) can be a valuable adjunct respiratory therapy for pregnant women with severe and critical COVID-19, a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found. The delivery of the therapeutic gas to six COVID-19 pregnant patients admitted to MGH, as described in a paper in Obstetrics & Gynecology, resulted in a rapid and sustained improvement in cardiopulmonary function and decreased inflammation.

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Examination Schedule

The College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan has decided to conduct theory examination of FCPS – I, FCPS – II (major and other subjects), Intermediate Module and IMM during the year 2020 & 2021 as per program given below.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FCPS-II (Major Subjects) September 2020 Session
Issue Date : August 26, 2020

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written

About MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written

The MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written examination consists of one exam paper with 100 Single Best Answer questions.
You have three hours to complete the exam.
Single Best Answer questions consist of a ‘vignette’ (clinical scenario) followed by five possible answers. You must select the single best answer.
There is no negative marking and questions are equally weighted so we advise you to attempt all questions.

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Obesity and Obstetrics / Obesity and Gynaecology

Dr Tahir Mahmood, past president of EBCOG, has been working with two eminent supporters of EBCOG, Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran and Prof Frank Chervenak, for the publication of new edition of two volumes on obesity and obstetrics/gynaecology.
Obesity and Obstetrics, Second Edition,brings together experts to examine the issues and challenges of obesity and obstetrics, also discussing how obesity affects fertility, reproduction and pregnancy.

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EBCOG

EBCOG Fellowship exam

The exam consists of 2 parts.
Part 1 is a knowledge based exam based on a computer based test and part 2 is an OSCE. There is also an optional prep course for each exam.
​The number of seats are limited. To guarantee a seat early reservation is recommended.
If you have any specific exam questions please contact our exam secretariat Mr Alexandros Peristeropoulos at: [email protected]

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Part 1 MRCOG: Exam Calendar and Fees

Dates, venues and fees for the Part 1 MRCOG exam

Exam dates

  • Monday 28 September
  • January 2021 – date TBC

Exam: Monday 28 September 2020

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Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Summary of Key Updates (July 28, 2020)

Below is a summary of recent critical updates to this Practice Advisory.
Precautions for Health Care Personnel: Personal Protective Equipment has been updated to include information on the extended use of N95 masks.

General Information Regarding Pregnant Individuals and COVID-19

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have developed an algorithm to aid practitioners in assessing and managing pregnant women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. View the algorithm (Spanish version).

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Non-hormonal Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms Offers Hope of Relief

A non-hormonal therapy to treat hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause was found to be effective in a recent clinical trial, according to a published study by a team of researchers including faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Fezolinetant, an oral, non-hormone therapy in clinical development, offers relief for hot flashes and night sweats, which are the most common menopause-associated symptoms for which women seek treatment. About 80 percent of American women experience these symptoms.

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Covid-19 vaccine tracker, August 2: Clinical trials of Russian vaccine completed

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine tracker update: Russia’s health minister was quoted in the news reports as saying that a mass vaccination programme, presumably using this vaccine, would be launched in Russia in October and that doctors and teachers would be among the first groups to be vaccinated.
A potential novel Coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute had completed clinical trials, and ‘paperwork’ for its ‘registration’ with the country’s regulatory body was underway, Russian media reported on Saturday.

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Are there really fewer premature babies in lockdown? We’re likely clutching at straws

Amid the horrific stories of coronavirus deaths and disease around the world, researchers have reported a ray of light.
Almost simultaneously, two independent groups in Europe noticed their neonatal intensive care units seemed quieter during the pandemic.
Was this a coincidence? Or were there actually fewer babies born prematurely who needed intensive care? And if fewer premature babies were being born, why?

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Part 3 MRCOG Exam

In response to the ongoing global pandemic, the RCOG has taken the difficult decision to run the Part 3 exam in the UK only for solely UK trainees.  To allow for social distancing requirements it will be run from the 02 – 05 November 2020.
This decision has been made in order to protect the health of our candidates, examiners and staff as we continue to follow government guidelines and respond to the continued COVID-19 restrictions both in the UK and overseas.

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MTP Allowed for 28-week Foetus with Anomalies: Bombay High Court

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court permitted a married woman to terminate her 28- week pregnancy with multiple foetal congenital anomalies. The court also directed the state to take the child into its care, if born alive.
On June 30, HC had permitted the termination and directed the couple to look after child, if born alive. The court called for a report from a JJ Hospital medical board, which confirmed the severe malformations. The medical board noted the “substantial risk of serious physical handicap and very high morbidity and mortality”, and advised termination of pregnancy, if court permits.

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New Review on Management of Osteoporosis in Premenopausal Women

Osteoporosis, a disease which leads to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures, is very common among postmenopausal women, affecting around one in three over the age of 50 worldwide. However, as osteoporosis and related fragility fractures are rare in younger women, there is far less research, and consequently a lack of consensus and guidance on its diagnosis and management in this population group.

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Simple twist of DNA determines fate of placenta

The development of the mammalian placenta depends upon an unusual twist that separates DNA’s classic double helix into a single-stranded form, Yale researchers report July 15 in the journal Nature.
The Yale team also identified the molecular regulator that acts upon this single strand to accelerate or stop placental development, a discovery with implications not only for diseases of pregnancy but also for understanding how cancer tumors proliferate.

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New reliable method for treating male sterility

Infertility affects one in seven men of reproductive age worldwide. One idea for treating male sterility is spermatogonial stem cell (SSC) therapy. In this approach, sperm stem cells in the testis are transferred to a test tube, cultured, and nudged into becoming fully-fledged sperm.
However, a key bottleneck has been identifying just the right conditions to get human SSCs to grow in the lab. There have been many attempts, but in most reported cases it was not clear whether the cells being cultured were actually SSCs, and no previously published method is routinely used.

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COVID-19 Can be Transmitted in the Womb, Study Reports

A baby girl in Texas—born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19—is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases.
The findings “suggest in utero transmission” of COVID-19 from an infected mother to her infant, according to the case report by Julide Sisman, MD, and colleagues of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

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RCPI Delivers its First Examinations Through Remote Invigilation

This week 470 doctors in 16 countries took RCPI written computer-based examinations through remote invigilation. That means that they were able to take the examination in their own home or place of work and were not required to travel to an examination centre.
RCPI is the first postgraduate medical college in Ireland or the UK to deliver a computer-based exam with such a large scale number via a remote invigilation platform. The changes were introduced by RCPI to enable doctors to sit their membership examinations safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New Exams IT system

The RCOG is launching the first phase of our new Exams IT System to support our MRCOG and DRCOG exams from September 2020. This will see us transition our written exam provision (MRCOG Part 1 & 2 and DRCOG) from a paper-based to a computer-based format.
The new system will make the exams process secure, simple, transparent and fit for purpose in the 21st century. We have partnered with Pearson VUE to deliver an integrated digital solution that will support our exams function and processes, while delivering an excellent experience for candidates taking their exam.

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Updated advice for pregnant women who are working in the NHS and other work settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Pregnant women’s choices on whether they work in direct patient-facing roles during the coronavirus pandemic should be respected and supported by their employers, according to updated national guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives.Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection poses a risk to all members of the population, particularly to people with underlying conditions.

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RCOG/FSRH respond to new regulations on abortion care in Northern Ireland

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare welcomes new regulations on abortion care in Northern Ireland but warns they fall short of ensuring safe care during COVID-19.This follows a historic vote in Parliament in 2019 to decriminalise abortion care in Northern Ireland, which only allowed an abortion if a woman’s life was at risk or there was a danger of permanent and serious damage to her physical or mental health. Many women had to travel to England to access this essential area service.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy

Version 10 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy guidance has been restructured to condense its content and ensure the evidence and rationale for advice is explicit. This version also contains new content on labour and birth for women who are asymptomatic of COVID-19, updates to advice for women with clinical deterioration, reference to the new testing frameworks and further advice regarding prevention of venous-thromboembolism.

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Assisted Vaginal Birth (Green-top Guideline No. 26)

This guideline provides evidence-based information on the use of forceps and vacuum extractor for both rotational and non-rotational operative vaginal deliveries.This update was undertaken as part of the regular updates to Green-top Guidelines as outlined in our document Developing a Green-top Guideline: Guidance for developers  and prior to the emergence of the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Please note that the information provided in this update will be considered for update 3 years after publication, with an intermediate assessment of the need to update 2 years after publication.

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Separating Mothers with COVID-19 From Their Newborns Does More Harm Than Good

In several countries pregnant women confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 are being required to have cesarean sections or be separated from their newborn babies to restrict COVID-19 transmission.
Such measures may help health services better manage COVID-19 caseloads, but what are the consequences, and how do these practices compare with evidence-based global recommendations for maternity care during the pandemic?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy and Women’s Health

The RCOG is committed to supporting the delivery of high-quality women’s healthcare in the context of COVID-19. We have developed a range of resources to inform and support healthcare professionals and the general public during the pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection and Pregnancy

Version 10.1: updated 19 June 2020. Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland.

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