Postnatal Care

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for enabling that women have post-natal examinations to detect any birth injury which may have gone unnoticed at delivery.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Commissioners and providers should ensure that services offer a review of a woman’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing by a healthcare professional at the end of the postnatal period (six-eight weeks).

Relevant National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines stipulate that postnatal care for women needs to address any deviation from expected recovery after birth and any symptoms reported by the woman or identified through clinical observations should be assessed. Women should be advised of the signs and symptoms of potentially life-threatening conditions, including those that may arise as a result of birth injury, and to contact their healthcare professional immediately or call for emergency help if any signs and symptoms occur. Signs and symptoms of infection, inadequate repair, wound breakdown or non-healing should be evaluated and urgent action taken. Additionally, women may be offered an examination to see if their stitches have healed if they had an episiotomy or caesarean section.

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