12/1 We welcome government pledge to boost mental health care spending by £1 billion

18/1 RCOG publishes information for women on ovarian cancer

29/1 RCOG makes recommendations for improvements in care in the prevention of early-onset group B streptococcal disease

29/1 We produce interim guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals

29/1 Fellows, Members and friends of the College climb Mt Kilimanjaro, raising £60,000 for pilots of the Essential Gynaecology Skills course


12/2 RCOG statement following imposition of junior doctor contract

23/2 We welcome the publication of Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review

26/2 New joint national guideline from RCOG and BSGE on signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, warning abnormal bleeding strong indication of pre-womb cancer condition


4/3 Over 180 delegates attend International Women’s Day conference on maternal mental health

8/3 RCOG receives funding to lead the new National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA)

9/3 BJOG study reports that intimate partner violence during pregnancy increases risk of preterm birth, and having a low-birth weight or small-for-gestational age baby

23/3 Second clinical indicators report from RCOG and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) highlights variations in maternity care across England


1/4 National Guideline Alliance launched

15/4 National Fertility Health Summit at RCOG in partnership with British Fertility Society (BFS) and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)

9/4 Over 480 candidates sit the DRCOG exam at 8 centres


10/5 Former television journalist turned women’s health advocate, Kate Brian, becomes the first RCOG Women’s Voices lead. Read Kate’s interview

17/5 MBRRACE-UK annual report on deaths of babies from 24 weeks of pregnancy reported almost 6 deaths per 1,000 births with significant variation across the UK

21/5 Prof Lesley Regan, elected new President of RCOG, the first female President of the College in 64 years


9/6 Each Baby Counts first annual report calls for more robust and comprehensive local reviews

20-22/6 RCOG World Congress takes place in Birmingham with over 2,000 delegates from around the world

20/6 New RCOG guidelines and information for women highlight pregnant women with epilepsy need specialist care to reduce preventable deaths

21/6 Best Practice Paper in Comprehensive Postabortion Care launched as part of the Leading Safe Choices programme

22/6 RCOG’s new guidance says women’s quality of life can be adversely affected by nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum. Information for women published to help them better understand the condition

29/6 RCOG reports results of first investigation in UK O&G consultants into bullying and undermining with 44% of respondents saying they had been consistently bullied or undermined


8/7 New team of RCOG Officers elected to take up post in September

11/7 Leading Safe Choices Programme undertakes first training of Master Trainers in Postpartum Family Planning in Moshi, Tanzania

13/7 BJOG reports that women with short or long birth spacing face a greater risk of preterm birth

22/7 Information for women published on birth options after previous caesarean birth

31/7 RCOG team of 21 members, staff, family and friends take part in Prudential RideLondon and raise £16,000 for Each Baby Counts


19/8 BJOG study suggests that ethnicity can affect fertility treatment outcomes


1/9 BJOG reports women who give birth at age 48 years or above are at higher risk of pregnancy complications

14/9 NGA-developed NICE guideline in mental health problems in people with learning disabilities published

23/9 Installation of newly elected Honorary Officers – President: Professor Lesley Regan; Senior Vice President for Strategic Development: Professor Mary Ann Lumsden; Vice President for Clinical Quality: Mr Edward Morris; Vice President for Education: Professor Janice Rymer; Vice President for Global Health: Mr Hani Fawzi; Vice President for UK and Global Membership: Dr Alison Wright


6-7/10 First annual meeting of Faculty of O&G Educators takes place

17/10 New RCOG President Professor Lesley Regan welcomes the Government’s commitment to, and long-term investment in, improving the safety of maternity care

20/10 RCOG presents its work on transcare awareness to the NHS England Gender Identity Symposium


4/11 Revised guideline from RCOG and the Association of Early Pregnancy Units (APEU) on early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of the different types of ectopic pregnancies and information for women

7-8/11 First MRCOG Part 3 exam takes place in London

16/11 RCOG updates guidelines to help save the lives of unborn babies by ensuring early diagnosis and identification of complications in monochorionic twin pregnancies together with new information for women about multiple pregnancies


1/12 RCOG responds to annual General Medical Council (GMC) survey of medical education and training in the UK, which found heavy workloads are eroding the time doctors have for training

5/12 National Trainees Conference supports activism against gender violence at Sage Gateshead as RCOG turns Millennium Bridge orange as a symbol of a future free from violence against women

6/12 First Excellence in: Obstetric Skills training course conducted completely by Ugandan Master Trainers in Rakai district, Southern Uganda as part of fully funded donor project

6/12 President Lesley Regan gives high-profile interview to The Guardian

7/12 NGA-developed NICE guideline on end of life care in infants and young children published

7/12 Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity MBRRACE-UK report highlighted heart desease risk for pregnant women

7/12 Exclusive article in the HSJ on RCOG’s Providing Quality Care for Women: Obstetrics and Gynaecology Workforce report in the Health Service Journal

9/12 First UK clinical guideline on the management of bladder pain syndrome published by RCOG

31/12 Congratulations to Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, Senior Vice President, awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to women’s health