Records of the Joint Working Party of the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives on Minimum Standards of Care in Labour, including meeting papers and correspondence, and a copy of the final report.
Records of the Joint Working Party of the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives on Minimum Standards of Care in Labour
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCOG/C29
- Dates of Creation1997 - 2000
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 folders
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Administrative / Biographical History
A first RCOG report in 1994 on minimum standards of care in labour attempted to establish guidelines for staffing, equipment and general facilities on the labour ward. Following acceptance of the increased involvement of the consultant obstetrician in the labour ward, the Joint Working Group of the Royal College of Midwives and the RCOG aimed to produce guidance about the essential minimum midwife and medical staff numbers required to support women in labour. The final report was published in 1999 and acknowledged the value of multidisciplinary involvement, making recommendations to improve organisation, practice and result in safer childbirth.
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