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We’re thinking about merging this section, what do you think?

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MichaelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Jun-19 15:33:37

Hi all,
We’re doing some work on making the Talk boards more useful and user-friendly for both regular and new users. After looking at some stats for the site, we think we could boost activity on the whole by merging some of the lesser used sections.

We’re proposing to fold the topics in this section into the Pregnancy area.

This should increase the number of topics in the section - and hopefully lead to more posts and responses to members.

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ivf2019 Tue 18-Jun-19 15:40:58

I'm not sure antenatal testing fits with housekeeping? @michaelmumsnet

SophyStantonLacy Tue 18-Jun-19 15:46:31

I don’t think merging it with housekeeping is appropriate at all. Is that an error?!

Cannyhandleit Tue 18-Jun-19 15:51:55

Antenatal testing and housekeeping seems like an odd combo

TrixieFranklin Tue 18-Jun-19 15:53:10


glitterbiscuits Tue 18-Jun-19 15:53:23

Ha ha ha.
Ha ha ha.

Maybe antenatal is some sort of cleaning product?

Littlebelina Tue 18-Jun-19 15:54:43

No please don't merge it (esp not into housekeeping).

MichaelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Jun-19 15:56:08

Yikes. That's what happens when you don't proofread your own posts. Sorry about that, I'll change it - it should be, 'fold the topics into the Pregnancy section.'

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Littlebelina Tue 18-Jun-19 16:06:25

Still a no from me. Pregnancy is very busy and posts tend to fall of sight (ie off page 1) very quickly. I'd be worried that people wouldn't get the replies they need. Also the "emotional" (if that is the right word) feeling of the pregnancy board tends to be different (folks excited about pregnancy, what symptoms they are having Vs people having to make often very hard decisions here). I think (as someone who has had bad news from an antenatal test) that having a separate board is very useful

SophyStantonLacy Tue 18-Jun-19 16:09:41

I agree, I think it’s really important to have a separate space for this.

glitterbiscuits Tue 18-Jun-19 20:36:20

If I was facing any sort of issue where I thought about antenatal choice I wouldn't want to be on a pregnancy board.

Shangrilalala Wed 19-Jun-19 13:29:16

Having had extensive antenatal testing, numerous unfavourable outcomes and a couple of terminations, I can’t think of anywhere worse to put this board than pregnancy.

This oasis was hard fought and so very necessary. Please don’t ditch it as part of a streamlining exercise.

TheCanterburyWhales Wed 19-Jun-19 13:36:22

And again this has not been thought through for the reasons already stated.
I haven't been pregnant for over 16 years but have often found myself reporting abuse and attacks from those who are happily pregnant or those who would never abort a disabled child towards those who are even considering undergoing an amnio or a termination once the test results are in.
I've seen non pregnant women being told "this board is for those of us who are pregnant, don't be upsetting us with your talk of a high chance of X, Y or Z"

Please don't do this.

Bluebelltulip Wed 19-Jun-19 13:43:44

I don't think this merger would work well. People receiving bad news and making tough decisions will be likely to avoid the pregnancy board. This section is relatively quiet as the majority of pregnancies don't encounter these problems but it is an important space for those that do.

AshGirl Wed 19-Jun-19 14:03:01

I agree that merging it with Pregnancy would be a bad idea.

I understand that there may not be much activity on this board, but if someone needs support when making some very hard decisions then Pregnancy is not the right forum for them.

Is there a Pregnancy Choices topic? Maybe that is the right place as that could cover a range of issues including antenatal testing.

KTD27 Wed 19-Jun-19 14:05:22

Separate space please. Having had the total nightmare of bad results with an antenatal test and a TFMR I can’t thunk of anything I’d want less than having to have posted and asked for support on a pregnancy board when it became starkly clear I was no longer going to be pregnant.
Please keep a safe separate space for those who need it

YoooHoo Wed 19-Jun-19 15:15:19

Another vote for keeping it separate. I found the antenatal tests board so helpful when making the decision whether to have an amnio. I don't think ladies would get the same level of support on the pregnancy board.

teacuptale Wed 19-Jun-19 21:18:24

I would prefer it be kept separate too. I didn’t want to go anywhere near the pregnancy board when I had my worrying situation.

Weathergirl1 Wed 19-Jun-19 22:06:44

Agree with others. Generally you see well thought out replies in this board. The pregnancy one reminds me of AIBU half the time with the tone of some if the replies 😬

QuickRedFox Thu 20-Jun-19 20:06:57

As others have said, it would be very insensitive to combine this with pregnancy.
It’s a strength that there are fewer topics here. It makes it easy to find threads about the test you are looking for.

agirlcalledBede Sat 22-Jun-19 07:10:36

Please, don't merge. For all the reasons already explained.

triballeader Mon 24-Jun-19 09:49:11

Please do not merge with those enjoying blissfilled happy pregnancies with no problems.

I am involved in improving care for parents facing babyloss before 20 weeks. Some of the most heartbroken parents we meet are those who find themselves in the awful position of having to make a choice about a pregnancy when it has become clear their baby has unresolvable problems. The grief they feel can be complicated becuase they are the ones who make that choice for their baby. They need this safe space away to communicate with others who 'get' what they are facing, who will not offer platitudes and false hopes, who will offer empathy and understanding regardless of the choice they eventually make and who will be there for them in the months to come.
In all honesty the majority who have wonderful pregnancies do not cope well or respond so kindly to those who do not. Human nature being what it is they can be nasty to those whose shoes they never had to imagine existed let alone have to walk in.

KTD27 Mon 24-Jun-19 10:35:06

@triballeader 👏👏 this

Littlebelina Thu 27-Jun-19 09:13:11

Just going to give this a little bump ( as it's not pinned and slipping down the board). Want to ensure people have chance to comment on this

Weathergirl1 Thu 27-Jun-19 10:00:17

It was pinned originally - I assumed it being unpinned was because they'd realised what a stupid suggestion it was!

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