Did you know that 50% of women have a prolapse after birth? As Elaine Miller eloquently put it in a piece for the pool recently..if 50% of men had their scrotum falling off, something would be done about it! hilarious, but sadly the message around health care inequality for women is more real than we’d like. it’s astonishing that there is 10 times more research done on viagra than on women’s health/prolapse. that says it all!
The physical, psychological and social impact on women after childbirth can be huge, yet the postnatal period one of the most neglected periods of a woman and babies’ life. there is also the general sense of ‘that’s just the way things are’ after having children. this is soooooo not the case and many conditions are very treatable when help is at hand. we must not settle!
We’ve been building connections with the nhs, public health and leading figures in obstetrics, midwifery and the wellness space, to work on ways in which we can improve support for women in the postnatal period. this includes empowering through modern day, evidence based education, focusing on self-care (including regular womens’ health checks), building strong community peer support groups and providing practical hands on help at home. we also think that a more personalised approach to womens’ health is needed…one size fits all care doesn’t feel quite right in an age where we can tailor make our own nikes!
let’s make change happen!