New mums not given enough support, says NCT

Many new mums don’t think they’re getting enough help after birth, suggests a new survey

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Less than half of first-time mums feel that they receive enough advice and support after giving birth, according to a survey by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

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The research, which was carried out between October 2009 and January 2010, asked 1,260 mums how they rated their postnatal care, reports the BBC.

The NTC study found that 42% of mums didn’t think enough midwives were available to help them in hospital. While 56% said they received all the physical care they needed, only 45% said they had all of their questions answered.

Researchers also discovered that while all mums are meant to have a personalised postnatal care plan (according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) only 4% of mums had one.

“Evidence shows that supporting women and babies at this vital time can have a major impact on future health and learning,” said Anne Fox, from the NCT.

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“Many of the problems these women highlight seem to be due to staff shortages or lack of visits once they had left hospital – and this issue needs to be addressed if the quality of postnatal care is to be improved, particularly for vulnerable women,” said Anne.

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