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Need for vigilance on headaches in pregnancy say midwives

Friday, 23rd May 2014

A review  published today in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist says that most headaches in pregnancy and the postnatal period are benign, but healthcare professionals must be alert to the rarer and more severe causes of headaches.

Commenting on the review, Carmel Lloyd, head of education at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is important research and highlights the need for healthcare professionals to be vigilant about looking for these signs and symptoms and, ensure they promptly refer women to the relevant healthcare professional if they see these developing.

“This also adds weight to our call for better continuity of care in maternity services so that midwives can get to know the women they care for. Midwives who know the woman will be more likely to spot changes In their condition and hence spot potentially serious complications developing, such as those outlined in this research.”

For further information please contact the RCM Press Office on 020 7312 3456, pressofficer@rcm.org.uk



Notes to editors

The Royal College of Midwives is the voice of midwifery. We are the UK’s only trade union and professional organisation led by midwives for midwives. The vast majority of the midwifery profession are our members. The RCM promotes midwifery, quality maternity services and professional standards. We support and represent our members individually and collectively in all four UK countries.  We influence on behalf of our members and for the interests of the women and families for which they care. 


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