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Half Of New Mums Find Post-Birth Check Ups Inadequate

Your first weeks as a new mum can be daunting – and you GP is a great person to turn to for expert advice and care. But a lot of new mums feel like that they aren’t supported enough

Statistics have revealed what new mums really think of their post-birth care – and have admitted that they feel they’re not supported enough

Half of new mums thought their GP rushed their six-week check up with one in five saying it lasted less than five minutes, a new survey has revealed.

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In a study of 4000 new mums by the National Childbirth Trust, 45 per cent of post-birth checks were shown to be not good enough.

Approximately a third claimed their GP didn’t ask them about how they were coping emotionally

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Approximately a third claimed their GP didn’t ask them about how they were coping emotionally – something that seven per cent wanted to talk about but ran out of time, and a topic that should be covered in every new mum’s six-week check up. A fifth of those polled admitted to ‘putting on a brave face’ and being too embarrassed to confess they were struggling with parenthood.

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The six-week check up is the perfect time for your GP to pick up on any potential problems – and help you sort them. ‘Post-natal depression can develop from this stage, as well as other physical and psychological disorders,’ says Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive. ‘So it’s worrying that almost a third of women were not even asked about how they felt.’ Identification early on is crucial, Belinda adds.

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