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Postnatal checks for new mothers need to be properly funded, charity tells government

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5438
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Almost half (47%) of new mothers get less than three minutes or no time to discuss their mental and physical health at the routine six week postnatal check-up, according to a survey by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

The charity is calling on the government to provide funding for a full postnatal check-up so that GPs have sufficient time to talk to a new mother about her health and wellbeing rather than …

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