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 released today as part of our Campaign for Better Postnatal Care reveals 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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