8 shocking facts about postnatal care

postnatal care for women

The Better Postnatal Care survey investigates the long-term impact of birth injuries on women. Over one-third of mothers say sex is uncomfortable some months or years after giving birth, and 42% have continence or pelvic floor problems. Figures reveal how many mothers are struggling with postnatal complications months or years after their babies were born.

postnatal care for women

Source: Obstetrics & Gynaecology

tearing during labour birth

Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

“I suspect there are thousands of us who never talk about it. I certainly never have. Three children and a forceps birth have basically finished my bits off.”

incontinence after birth

Source Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer

maternity care budget

Source: Royal College of Midwives

pelvic prolapse

Source NHS

weak pelvic floor

Source: Mumsnet Postnatal Care survey 2016

“On telling the obstetrician my symptoms (stress incontinence and pain during sex) I was fobbed off with 'Oh well, that's just a normal part of childbirth'.”

sex after pregnancy

Source: Mumsnet Postnatal Care survey 2016

tearing during labour

Source: Mumsnet Postnatal Care survey 2016

“I went to all sorts of pregnancy and birth classes and nobody ever talked to me about the long-term physical consequences of birth. My body will never be the same again. I wish I’d been prepared.”

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