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FIGO Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring Course resource now available for download

The FIGO Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring Course resource (PowerPoint slides) is now available for download ( FIGO Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health ). English ( Part 1 , Part 2a , Part 2b , Part 3 ) Spanish (coming soon) Chinese (coming soon) Portuguese (coming soon) Other FIGO...

FIGO supports the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (23 May 2016)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Please click here to view the statement.

FIGO supports International Day of the Midwife 2016

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the International Day of the Midwife 2016. Please click here to view the statement.

Working longer hours could have negative effect on women's health

Working long hours has a more pronounced effect on the health of women than men, a new study has suggested. Researchers from Ohio State University in the United States published a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the US, which surveyed 7,500 people in order to...

Fertility apps could be offering bad advice, study warns

Women using apps and websites in order to gain information on when they are most likely to get pregnant could be receiving bad advice, a new study has warned. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital, carried out tests on around 20 websites and 33 apps designed to...

Activists in Rotherham, England, launch FGM awareness campaign

A new campaign has been launched in Rotherham, England aimed at raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the local area. Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board, which contains the local police force, Rotherham Council, Ashiana Sheffield, and NHS groups, have launched a week of events...

4 in 10 US women now classed as obese

Over four in 10 US women are now classed as obese, according to new government statistics. Rates of obesity between men and women have been largely comparable in recent years, but females have now surged ahead to around 40 per cent, compared to 35 per cent of males. The figures, which were obtained...

'Nearly 200 new cases of FGM recorded in the UK every week', experts claim

Almost 200 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being reported every week in England, according to the new figures. The UK's National Health Service has been required to collect data on FGM from women attending hospitals, GP surgeries and mental health centres since 2014, with...

Anti-FGM campaigners critical of Egypt after latest death

Egypt is losing its fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), campaigners have warned. It comes following the death of a teenage girl who underwent the procedure, Mayar Mohamed Mousa. Reports suggest the 17-year-old died of heavy bleeding in a hospital in Suez province on Sunday while under...

Don't travel to Rio Olympics if you plan on starting a family, London Zika medic warns

People looking to start a family should stay away from this summer's Olympics in Rio, a leading expert has warned. Dr Ian Cropley, who treated one of the first Brits to contract the virus - a London holidaymaker - told the Evening Standard: “If you are planning a pregnancy, don’t go...

Over 500,000 US women at risk of FGM, says FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US is reportedly concerned that over 500,000 women across the country could be at risk of being subjected to the controversial practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice, which is traditionally performed in the Middle East and Africa,...

Russian researchers 'edging closer' to new Zika medicine

Researchers in Russia have claimed that tests for a new medicine that could potentially be effective in treating the Zika virus are close to completion. According to Sputnik News, the country's health minister Veronica Skvortsova told reporters: "The testing of new medicines against Zika,...

Zika outbreak 'the fault of governments', WHO claims

?The current Zika epidemic and the resulting birth defects are the fault of governments that chose to abandon programs aimed at controlling mosquitoes and offering basic family planning assistance to young women. That is the damning verdict of the World Health Organization (WHO), which warns that...