I can’t believe that we’re now into the 14th week of lockdown, and although we’re seeing a return to a possible ‘new norm’ with some non-essential shops now beginning to open, I know everyone has to remain mindful of social-distancing, with the requirement to wear face-masks on public transport and when visiting hospital to try to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infection. I’ve kept in regular touch with my local midwifery and obstetric colleagues, who have continued to provide fantastic care over the last few months. One of the concerns we’ve heard a few times over the last few weeks is the importance of pregnant and postnatal women contacting their midwife, health visitor or GP about any health concerns they may have about their own or their baby’s health. The key message is that the NHS is ‘open for business’ so if you have any worries about any aspect of your pregnancy or your recovery from birth, please do contact your local NHS services – do not wait or hesitate. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are regularly updating their advice for pregnant and postnatal women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you can find this information on:https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/
I also wanted to raise awareness that this week (June 15th – June 21st) is World Continence Week. This week is supported by the International Continence Society each year to raise awareness of a major health problem experienced by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and millions globally. At MASIC, our focus is on women who suffer bowel incontinence after having a 3rd or 4th perineal tear, but we should remember that some women will suffer urinary and bowel incontinence. Healthcare workers who support women during and after pregnancy, or come into contact with women around the time of the menopause should ensure women are asked about any symptoms of incontinence they may be experiencing, so they can offer advice and support as relevant.
At MASIC we’re putting plans into place to support our fundraising, including re-arranging Education Days which were postponed due to COVID. Please do look at ways in which you can support the Charity – and please read some of our MASIC mother’s stories to understand why our work is so important.