I’m fed-up with constant repetition, my constant repetition. I’ve lost track now of how many times I’ve blogged about the reduction in postnatal care and how potentially damaging that I believe it is – Two minds; Do women have a right to a homebirth? ; The Demise of Community Midwifery – part 2 and, perhaps the most pertinent and written nearly 3 years ago, ‘An embarrassment’ .
Well, now it’s official and it’s in the news – ‘New Mothers let down by postnatal care’ (BBC). The NCT have completed a survey and have discovered that women feel unsupported following the birth of baby and have summed up the lack of care in one word, ‘shocking’. They go on to say that ‘ Many of these problems the women highlight seem to be due to staff shortages or lack of visits once they have left hospital’. Actually NCT it is not 2 problems but one, the staff shortages cause the lack of postnatal visits. Sorry, repetition as this is one of my familiar themes and, rather than conduct a survey, all you needed to do was read my blog. I’m just a midwife though, what do I know? But you do know my thoughts as we had a brief email exchange, it was exactly a year ago, I published the mail from the NCT and my response in An email to the NCT and ‘NCT – A reply’.
I am a Cassandra, ‘ no one would ever believe her predictions’. I’ve got another prediction, it’s going to get worse unless there is a step back and an honest consideration of what is really important in maternity care. Times are hard and the approach should be to consider what part of the maternity services should not be ignored, can we really afford to be touchy, feely? Should monies be spent on staff or surroundings? Homebirths or home visits? If the finances do not routinely allow for both what is important, a live and healthy mother and baby or an empowering experience?