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Given birth in the UK in the last 2-3 years? Want to say something about your postnatal care, in hospital or when back at home? NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Apr-17 13:16:53

Mumsnet HQ are gearing up for a new campaign about improving the quality of postnatal care in the UK - you may remember contributing to this thread about it last year, or filling in a survey in October. (Many thanks to those of you who took part.)

What we need now is some women (or their birth partners) who've given birth in the UK in the last two or three years, who have experiences they'd be willing to share - on TV, in newspapers or on the radio.

PLEASE NOTE: at this stage you'd just be expressing an interest - we'd never put you forward for a media opportunity without checking first that you're happy with the media outlet, the set-up, the timing and everything else. We also will not share your name or contact details without getting your permission first in each instance. Putting your name down at this stage doesn't firmly commit you to anything at all.

So if you've got something to say - good or bad - about your postnatal care, and in principle might be interested in talking to the media, please add your name here or email us on

We're particularly interested in women who have something to say about:

their stay on an inpatient postnatal ward after birth;
their experience of getting breastfeeding established with the help of healthcare professionals;
their experience while their baby/babies spent time in intensive care;
their experience of getting support (or not) with mental health problems;
their experience of short and long term healthcare for birth injuries and traumatic births

... but if you have something to say about another aspect of your care, please jump in!

One final thing: we're likely to be concentrating on the NHS, because that's where the vast majority of women give birth in the UK. (But if you have experience of things like independent midwives delivered through your local NHS services, again, please feel free to jump in.)



Khaleesi1315 Thu 06-Apr-17 19:07:47

I would be glad to help I've experience on all sides

SearchingforGrandparents Thu 06-Apr-17 19:23:33

I would also be happy to help

Amockingjayhey Fri 07-Apr-17 12:04:05

I'd be happy to but not TV as that's my worst nightmare!!!

kel1493 Fri 07-Apr-17 12:09:28

I wouldn't mind helping, but it would have to be anonymous and not on tv or radio.

trudie1979 Fri 07-Apr-17 17:41:56

I'd be happy to take part x

FlissMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 09-Apr-17 10:47:18

Thanks for the replies everyone, there'll be more details to follow.


Esoresila Mon 10-Apr-17 09:46:31

I'd love to take part

bexleyboop Mon 10-Apr-17 16:34:19

I'd be interested in taking part.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Mon 10-Apr-17 16:45:00

I'd be interested but I'm another that wouldn't like taking part on tv/radio.

belleadele Mon 10-Apr-17 16:48:53

I'd be very happy to help especially around breastfeeding and tongue tie not being picked up.

kelsuprise Mon 10-Apr-17 16:58:24

Very happy to help too

FoxxyFox Mon 10-Apr-17 17:04:07

I was NOT helped with severe post natal depression, was totally ignored by the GP but that was 5 years ago so can't help with the survey I'm afraid.

TeddyIsaHe Mon 10-Apr-17 17:15:52

Would love to help, have lots to say about postnatal ward, had my dd 12 weeks ago so it's all still very fresh in my mind!

Ogochukwu27 Mon 10-Apr-17 17:25:35

Would definitely love to help

kungfupidge Mon 10-Apr-17 17:53:42

i would help but not on tv or radio just papers or online

Boogalu45 Mon 10-Apr-17 17:58:33

Happy to help, 3 weeks into c section recovery and 1st time mum at 45!

MichaelJacksonsGlove Mon 10-Apr-17 18:02:46

Yes me too. Especially limited breastfeeding support and not correcting tongue tie. I couldn't feed DD1 because of it but DD2 no tongue tie and no problems!

I'm hoping some folks will be along who have experienced loss and are then put in the same ward with mums and babies as that must be awful and really shouldn't happen. I've no personal experience though.

Chaby Mon 10-Apr-17 18:06:53

I would be happy to help - I had an ok birth experience despite it being traumatic and ending with an emergency c-section, but really shocked at how poor postnatal care was. I actually pushed to be discharged within 24 hours as felt I would get better care at home from my husband (he is not a health care professional)

TheLondonMum Mon 10-Apr-17 18:09:28

Happy to help. I don't think the care I received pre, during or post birth helped me to bond with my child and in hindsight I think I should have been listened to a lot more.

Whitelisbon Mon 10-Apr-17 18:10:26

I'm another who'd be happy to help - the postnatal care I was given was abysmal, mainly due to staff shortages.

Applycrumbly Mon 10-Apr-17 18:14:15

I would be interested in sharing anonymous information

FathiM Mon 10-Apr-17 19:30:55

I would be happy to share my experience. I had help with breastfeeding and with post natal depression.

xtoniax Mon 10-Apr-17 20:20:19

I would be happy to share my experience.. I had an awful birthing experience and previous triage visit too. I had help for depression (this was my rainbow after a mmc).

Vanannabananna Mon 10-Apr-17 20:23:07

I'd be happy to help. I can cover postnatal care, mental Heath and birth recover!

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