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Letters Maternal six week postnatal check

We need to improve postnatal care, starting with the maternal six week postnatal check

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m252
  1. Judy Shakespeare, retired general practitioner1,
  2. Cheryll Adams, executive director2,
  3. Stephanie deGiorgio, portfolio GP3,
  4. Elizabeth Duff, senior policy adviser4,
  5. Sarah Hillman, academic clinical fellow5,
  6. Judith Stephenson, professor6
  1. 1Oxford OX2 7AG, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Visiting, London, UK
  3. 3Dover, UK
  4. 4NCT, London, UK
  5. 5University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  6. 6Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health, University College London, London, UK
  1. judy.shakespeare{at}

Jakes and colleagues’ paper on the maternal six week postnatal check is timely but anachronistic.1 Although not stated, this is aimed at general practitioners. A letter to the Guardian from four royal colleges2 and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ publication Better for Women also emphasise the need to improve care at this check.3 This is against a background of lack of …

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