The Masic Foundation
- We are the only charity in the UK to support mothers who have suffered from an injury during childbirth, known as a 3rd or 4th-degree tear, that results in incontinence.
- This is a major women’s health issue but few people seem to know about it, other than the women who suffer.
- We aim to change this by raising public awareness, creating support groups, supporting research and prevention studies, and educating the medical profession.
The MASIC Foundation aims to reduce the incidence of birth injury as well as helping new mothers who may be suffering in silence from its symptoms which are too often hidden in society. These issues are crucial to the future wellbeing of women and their families, which I strongly support.”Baroness Cumberlege, Head of the National Maternity Review
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 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.
Having a baby is a natural and increasingly safe process with approximately 700,000 babies being born every year. Thankfully most births are straightforward and there are no lasting injuries for mother or baby.
However, in some cases mothers delivering a baby through the birth canal, may develop some form of anal incontinence due to serious tears.
The MASIC foundation aims to help these mothers who often suffer in silence through embarrassment and the social stigma associated to their symptoms, unaware that there are many other mothers going through what they are experiencing.
MASIC campaigns to influence change in healthcare policies to avoid these injuries, improve their detection and where possible improve the rate of repairs after birth, so more women are spared the indignity of anal incontinence.
MASIC has a plan based on greater support for mothers, increased public awareness and better education for medical professionals. MASIC will be developing a regional structure in the UK and Ireland to promote a care pathway, educational policies and research.
President – Professor Michael Keighley MA MS FRCS