Celebrity mums stir up parenting debates on Twitter

Lily Allen and Kirstie Allsopp voice their opinions online

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Celebrity mums Lily Allen and Kirstie Allsopp have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions about childbirth and aftercare.

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Lily Allen, who gave birth to her second daughter Marnie Rose last Tuesday, took to Twitter to complain that she was yet to see a midwife, four days after giving birth.

Lily, who’s known for sharing her thoughts on Twitter, posted a series of messages to NHS Direct on the social networking site.

“@nhsdirect hi there, can’t seem to find out which hospitals [sic] community midwifery team are coming to see me. Discharged weds morning!!!!” Lily wrote.

“I’m starting to worry now, and no one answers the phone, or if they do, I just keep getting passed around. Let me know if you can [help].”

Lily’s tweets sparked her fans to send her messages of advice in response. 

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises new mothers should receive specific advice in the first few days after giving birth.

“Any woman should reasonably expect to know when they will get their first visit or phone call from a midwife within a couple of days of being discharged,” a spokesman for the Royal College of Midwives said, according to The Daily Mail.

We would advise any woman who doesn’t have that information to contact the maternity unit directly.”

Lily wasn’t the only celeb mum sharing her thoughts online. TV presenter Kirstie’s been been known to wade into the debate on topics, like truancy and Ceasarian-sections in the past, and following a segment aired on BBC Woman’s Hour this morning, about the pressures faced by women when it comes to medical intervention in pregnancy and childbirth, she took to Twitter.

“I have just screamed out loud about an idiotic statment on@BBCWomansHour they should know better,” Kirstie wrote.

“So irresponsible, modern medicine saves lives, yes it may have got too involved, but I’d argue that is the lesser of 2 evils,” she added.

No doubt both Lily and Kirstie’s comments will provoke strong reactions and responses, but here at MFM HQ we think they’re brave for speaking up and tackling the pressures faced by pregnant women and mums.

Bravo ladies!

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