GPs should take an increased role in the care of pregnant women according to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

The organisations have published The Role of the General Practitioner in Maternity Care, which aims to improve the care of pregnant women and new mothers. All of the organisations agree that GPs have a crucial role to play in maternity care. The publication sets out a minimum of seven criteria that should be met to demonstrate their competence. These include:

  • Pre-conception care
  • Health promotion in early pregnancy
  • Recognising and signposting emergency conditions
  • Follow-up care
  • Postnatal advice

Cathy Warwick, RCM general secretary, said: "High-quality, safe maternity services are dependent on all of the health professionals involved working together as a team and communicating well. I am delighted that the RCGP, RCOG and the RCM have come together to produce this important statement, which promotes collaborative working."

The Role of the General Practitioner can be downloaded from the following link: www.rcgp.org.uk/maternityconsensusstatement2011  

Posted by Robert Mair