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).
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.
“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.