These are such worrying times for all of us, our families and communities as we adopt and adapt to the new ‘norm’ of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at MASIC, we want to reassure you that we will continue to support you as much as we can, and keep you up to date with any new information which may be of help or interest. In line with government advice, we have had to cancel MASIC education days planned for 2020, but we are already considering and planning events for 2021, when we hope life has returned to normal. Anna (our administrator) and Jen (our social media lead) will continue to promote our work, so please do keep in touch.
For those of you who need advice about ongoing health problems related to pelvic floor injury, please do continue to access our website at www.masic.org.uk
For those of you who are pregnant and advised to adhere to social distancing (following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer that pregnant women should be classed as a vulnerable group), there are some useful sources of support on how COVID-19 is impacting on provision of maternity care in the NHS. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has developed an online Question & Answer page for pregnant women and their families, available from: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/
Many maternity units are offering routine antenatal and postnatal contacts by telephone or online to reduce the need for women to attend the maternity unit, however all women should be advised by their midwives about when they should attend the maternity unit in person and plans for labour and birth.
Keep safe and well, and in stay touch.
Debra, Anna and Jen on behalf of the MASIC Trustees and Council.