Consistent NHS postnatal care across England.

Consistent NHS postnatal care across England.

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Leanne Peters started this petition to Sajid Javid and

I gave birth to my daughter in January, since then I have really struggled with my mental health. I suffered a major postpartum haemorrhage and was told in the hours after my emergency surgery that the damage caused to my cervix might impact future pregnancies.

This has left me with endless worries and questions and almost 6 months down the line I have still not had an appointment with a medical professional. I even sat in my GP surgery and cried and was turned away. 

Did you know that approximately 1 in 5 women will suffer from perinatal mental illnesses (PMI) during their pregnancy or in the year after the birth of their child?

Did you know that only 10% of women suffering with PMI receive the appropriate level of support?

This is one of the many reasons it is so important for the NHS to offer a consistent level of support across England.

The NHS website states that you should have your postnatal check 6 to 8 weeks after your baby's birth to make sure you feel well and are recovering properly.

It outlines that what you’re offered at this checkup will vary according to where you live. Though usually the below is offered. 

- You'll be asked how you're feeling as part of a general discussion about your mental health and wellbeing.

- You'll be asked if you still have any vaginal discharge and whether you have had a period since the birth.

- Your blood pressure will be checked if you had problems during pregnancy or immediately after the birth.

- You may be offered an examination to see if your stitches have healed if you had an episiotomy or caesarean section.

- If you were due for a cervical screening test while pregnant, this should be rescheduled for 12 weeks after the birth.

- You'll be asked about contraception.

- If you're overweight or obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, you may be weighed. Your doctor should give you weight loss advice and guidance on healthy eating and physical activity.

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The aim of this Petition is to create a consistent mandated postnatal care plan. The care you receive should not be dependant on where in the country you live, or which GP surgery you are registered with. 

Before writing this petition I gained insight from other mums and it is apparent that the NHS has no consistent approach to postnatal care.

- Some mums had a face to face GP appointment and felt they received the appropriate level of support and care.

- Others had no follow up at all after discharge from hospital and were left feeling very alone

- Some had phone calls with a GP but felt it was a tick box exercise 

- Some took to self diagnosing and medicating

It was apparent that Covid had an impact on the level of care, but was not entirely to blame as a lot of the mums had given birth prior to 2020, and again their care was inconsistent.


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