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Are New Mums Sent Home From Hospital Too Soon After Giving Birth?

A new report shows how quickly women are discharged from hospital after the birth of their child – and don’t feel they receive the care they need at home, either

Two in five women are sent home from hospital too quickly after giving birth – some within just two hours of their baby arriving, new statistics show.
Around 40 per cent of mums are discharged before they feel ready with nine per cent admitting they were still in pain, distressed or struggling to look after their newborn when they went home.

UK midwives are sometimes forced to discharge distressed mums who are struggling with crucial parenting techniques

READ: YOUR POST-BIRTH RECOVERY PLAN

The survey of around 500 women, conducted by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), also showed that some mums found the ordeal so traumatic that it spurred post-natal depression.

The RCM added to the poll by saying that UK midwives are sometimes forced to discharge distressed mums who are struggling with crucial parenting techniques such as breastfeeding, just to free up a bed.

READ: THE FOURTH TRIMESTER: COULD THIS PARENTING TECHNIQUE HELP YOUR BABY ADJUST TO THE WORLD?

A second survey of 3,000 midwives by the RCM found that new mums aren’t receiving enough home visits after birth. Over a third of the midwives polled said they didn’t have enough time to go through the basics such as feeding, bathing and breastfeeding with mums.

The RCM has calculated that an additional 5,000 midwives are needed to give new mums the care – both in hospital and at home – that they need.

READ: THE 12 BABY CARE SKILLS ALL NEW PARENTS NEED

‘The impact good post-natal care has on women’s experiences and their long-term health should not be underestimated,’ says Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM. ‘Postnatal care should always be based on women’s needs and not on funding or organisational issues.’

How quickly after your baby’s birth were you discharged from hospital? Let us know in the comments box below.

 
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