The Twitterview: Dr Dawn Harper

Dr Dawn reveals her medicine cabinet must-haves, how her boys would rather watch football than Embarrassing Bodies and shares her new-mum tips


@PPPMAGAZINE: Are your children more or less embarrassed/keen to come to you with their ailments since your involvement with TV show Embarrassing Bodies?


@DrDawnHarper: I don’t think @EmbBodies makes any difference to them really. They ask me because I’m their mum and I guess being a GP helps.

@PPPMAGAZINE: When you were in labour were you a nightmare ‘patient’?

@DrDawnHarper: I hope not! I have had three kids and did seem to work my way through an obstetric textbook of complications though.

@PPPMAGAZINE: Did your advice for women about labour change once you’d been through it?

@DrDawnHarper: I believe in birth plans as long as women know when to let professionals intervene and my experiences definitely consolidated that.

@PPPMAGAZINE: What do your kids think of you being on telly and looking at ‘rude’ things?

@DrDawnHarper: My boys would rather watch football and my daughter is the most squeamish person I know! @EmbBodies has put them all off a career in medicine!

@PPPMAGAZINE: You’re supporting National Bacterial Vaginosis Day with Balance Activ – do you think women are unsure of the symptoms and the implications of BV?

@DrDawnHarper: I know they are! Most women think any discharge is thrush or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) but Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is twice as common as thrush so I hope this campaign changes that.

@PPPMAGAZINE: Do you think women need to be checked more often?

@DrDawnHarper: I would like all women to know the signs to look out for and where to go for help when they need it.

@PPPMAGAZINE: What are your three medicine cabinet must-haves as a parent?

@DrDawnHarper: Calpol, calpol and calpol! Actually calpol, antiseptic and dressings or plasters – mine did a lot of falling over!

@PPPMAGAZINE: Have you ever had something ’embarrassing’ that you’ve had to tell someone about?

@DrDawnHarper: Apart from my children…no! Being serious, I have been blessed with good health so no, but if I did I would make an appointment without delay.

@PPPMAGAZINE: What’s your favourite thing about being a mum?

@DrDawnHarper: Watching them grow-up to become their own people and laughing with them about the funny things they say. I wish I had written it all down.

@PPPMAGAZINE: What would you tell a new mum about to start out as a parent?

@DrDawnHarper: Try not to worry too much. Enjoy each stage of development as it comes and don’t forget to look after you!


Find out more from Dr Dawn Harper on Bacterial Vaginosis here.

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