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New mums given substandard postnatal care on the NHS, says report

Published on 04/10/2010
Mums to be may be tempted to seek out private medical cover following a report highlighting the poor level of postnatal care on offer from the NHS.

Entitled Postnatal Care – a Cinderella story?, the report from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) claims that many new mums are left unprepared and unsupported by the NHS -leaving them feeling confused, abandoned and let down.

Of those surveyed for the study, 42 per cent said there were only 'sometimes' or 'never' enough midwives to help them in hospital, as opposed to 'always' or 'mostly' enough.

Furthermore, 57 per cent found they were not given the emotional support they felt they needed within their first 24 hours in hospital.

Anne Fox, head of campaigns and public policy at the NCT, said postnatal care in the UK urgently needs improving.

"Our report paints a dreadful, shocking picture of care in the UK - we're letting women and their babies down," she commented.

"Evidence shows that supporting women and babies at this vital time can have a major impact on future health and learning."

It follows a recent statement from the British Medical Association warning that changes to the NHS being brought in by the government could be "potentially damaging".
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