Posts Tagged ‘mothers’

Nice to give birth; to give birth, Nice.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Back in May I blogged about about draft recommendations regarding childbirth from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). The report has been finalised, and low-risk first-time mothers will now be told that birth in a midwife-led unit is “particularly suitable” for them, and mothers who already have children will be told that choosing either midwife care or a home birth would be equally suitable.

The Institute’s new guidance says that it is safer for healthy women to give birth in a midwife-led unit or at home than in hospital, as they will be less likely to undergo potentially risky surgical interventions such as delivery by forceps, caesarean section or episiotomy.

Local health authorities will now have to ensure that all women have the choice to give birth in hospital, a midwife unit, or their own homes – meaning that thousands more babies could be born outside hospitals (Of the 700,000 babies born in England and Wales last year, 90 per cent were delivered in hospital).

Midwife-led units, or ‘birth centres’, are run by midwives without the medical facilities of a hospital (for example, epidurals are not available). They were established in the 1990s and can be either next to a main hospital maternity unit or separate.

Mothers with poorly children more likely to look for advice online than see a GP.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

An Article in The Times newspaper yesterday said that Mothers with ill children are more likely to seek advice online than see a GP.

20% of mothers questioned would go to the Doctor first, whereas 29% would ask their mother, and 26% would look online. It’s suggested that the waiting time to see a GP is a big factor.

I suspect most Mums would do everything- try to get a GP’s appointment, and in the meantime ask around for advice and experience? This certainly seems to be the case on Facebook- parents waiting to take their child to the Doctor will often ask for advice on their timeline or in local groups in the meantime.

I think people have always done this -asked family, friends and neighbours, it’s just that now with Social Media it’s possible to ask a lot more people for their opinions, a lot quicker!

Government advice is to make more use of pharmacies to help with diagnosis, but when a child is too poorly to take into town or covered head to toe in a rash this isn’t always practical, and at least by asking around you feel that you’re doing something!

To keep track of baby medicine times, use a Baby Medicine Wheel to set the time when baby is given medicine.