Pregnancy news, 09/05/2017
We’ve loved reading your comments about our #AlwaysAsk film. From your challenging birth experiences to your stories of getting help for complications, we've received hundreds of comments on Facebook that have really shown how vital it is for women to feel they can speak up during pregnancy.
One question that we want to talk about is, ‘But are midwives seeing this?’
Feeling like your concerns have not been taken seriously can be hugely frustrating and we know that there is work to be done here.
We’re delighted that the #AlwayAsk film has been endorsed by NHS England, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who are helping us to get this message out to professionals too.
We know that there are some health professionals who need to hear the message, which is why we’re also seeking funding to create a health professionals-focused part of the #AlwaysAsk campaign. We know that there is work to be done, but we are confident that change can happen.
Cathy Warrick, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, has supported and written a blog post about the film saying, ‘Staff have an important role to play in promoting the contribution women and their families can make and ensuring they take their concerns seriously.’
She goes on to say, ‘Ideally midwives will share the link to the film with women at booking [appointments] or during clinic visits so that they encourage women to listen to their bodies and offer assurance that any concerns they have will be taken seriously.’
Creating a ‘shared language’ between women and midwives is important which is why we've put together 10 tips for speaking up in pregnancy, from women who have been there. Read more about tips for speaking up in pregnancy.
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