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Swine flu latest: Confusion over advice for new mums

20th July 2009

New advice is to be issued for pregnant women and parents with young children after a debate broke out over the best course of action for expectant mothers to take during the swine flu pandemic.

The Department of Health is due to reissue advice on its website later today for mothers-to-be, which also urges parents with children under the age of five to take precautions such as avoiding crowds and unnecessary journeys.

New advice is being provided after the death of 39-year-old new mum Ruptara Miah in a London hospital earlier this month. Her baby is said to be very ill in intensive care.

But the new advice is being overshadowed by confusion over controversial suggestions from pregnancy charity the National Childbirth Trust.

The BBC quotes the organisation’s website as saying: “The Department of Health advises that it may be sensible for those trying for children to consider delaying conception whilst the pandemic is going on.”

Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the advice amounted to “scaremongering”.

“This is one of the few times I have disagreed with the NCT,” he told the Observer.

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