A recent survey from the Royal College of Midwives has suggested that approximately 40% of new mums may be discharged from hospital prematurely after having their baby. The survey was contained in the college’s Postnatal Care Planning Report and is based on the views of both midwives and new mums.
The College believes that more midwives are needed to ensure that women get the post-natal care that they need.
65% of midwives said the number of post-natal visits was not based on the patient’s needs but rather work pressures. This is against the guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Midwives are also concerned that they often do not have sufficient time to provide women with the information they need about post-natal care.
NICE guidelines state that the length of hospital stay should be discussed between clinicians and patients and should take into account the health of the new mum and her baby and the support she has available after discharge.
Sadly, this seems to be an all too common occurrence. New mums should be able to expect support in the first few days and weeks after birth during what can be a very difficult time. If you have any concerns in relation to the post-natal care you received, please contact us for a free and confidential discussion.