Better Postnatal Care campaign: autumn 2018 update

For those of you still fed up with Bounty ladies, and indeed any commercial reps on postnatal wards (which is most of you, according to our postnatal care survey), please consider signing this petition. It was started by Lauren Harris after she had an unpleasant experience with a Bounty rep after giving birth to her son; you may have seen her story being covered in the media. If you do sign it, please also share far and wide, and encourage family and friends to do the same.

NICE has launched a consultation into its new draft guidelines for treating urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complications arising from vaginal mesh/tape surgery. Mumsnet is a registered stakeholder for this guidance, so if you have strong feelings about these issues please take a look at our discussion thread and let us know your thoughts so we can feed them back to NICE.

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts was a guest on the ‘Not Another Mummy Blog’ podcast hosted by Alison Perry, chatting all things postnatal (along with a few other Mumsnet things). Alison has rustled up a rather marvellous flyer that can be pinned to postnatal ward bay curtains to keep Bounty reps away; you can download it here. The perfect present for your pregnant friends!

You may have seen Mumsnet being accused of being responsible for tokophobia – the clinical fear of giving birth – because of the supposed ‘horror stories’ about labour shared on our forums. It was heartening to see many women, journalists and social media contributors popping up to defend women’s right to talk to each other about their birth experiences. The academic researchers whose remarks kicked off the story are looking into how to effectively care for women with tokophobia; you can follow their research project here.

Women who have experienced traumatic births or who went on to develop PTSD after giving birth are banding together with clinicians and other professionals to try to find ways to make things better. Check out the Make Birth Better site for more information and to find out how to get involved.

And we hosted a webchat with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who has promised to take a closer look at our Postnatal Campaign to see whether we can get Labour’s official support: watch this space for developments.

As ever, thanks for your support.

Peace and love,
Mumsnet campaigns team