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The mother ship has come in

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39486.452269.59 (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:392
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner1
  1. 1Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}528.gp.n-i.nhs.uk

    I read that the Conservative party is proposing an innovative support system for new mothers and their babies. Apparently a “health worker” will attend for six hours each day in the first week after discharge, hang out around the house, and be generally helpful—for example, showing the mother how to breastfeed and bathe their baby, looking after older children, and performing housekeeping duties.

    This is obviously a brilliant idea, but we have to tread carefully because the healthcare jungle is full of predators; initially we will be under …

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