thinking outside the box.
6 week check
We all understand that the six week post-natal check is a challenge for helthcare professionals and new mothers, because:
GPs and other clinicians are strapped for time.
New mothers are often more concerned with their baby than themselves.
It can be very difficult to ask, as well as answer, questions around incontinence and sexual health.
NHS England are working to improve the number and quality of six-week checks. However, this will take time. Pelvicroar would love to see every new mum recieve a pelvic health assessment by pelvic health physiotherapists too. However, we know that there are not enough specialist pelvic health physiotherapists to see every new mum.
Pelvicroar, led by Marie Fell, have been thinking of how we can best serve new mums as well as healthcare professionals. We are piloting a simple and quick questionaire that can be a first-line assessment tool to signpost women to appropriate services, advice and support.
Given the current COVID-19 situation, we are adding this to our website early and would love new mums to use this at a time when six week checks are difficult.
post-natal screening tool
Try our short questionnaire.
If you tick any of the boxes, we recommend that you get some expert advice to help resolve any issues.
There will soon be more resources and links on this page, including how to find a specialist physiotherapist.
You might like to print out this questionnaire and take the completed copy to your healthcare professional. It may make starting the conversation easier!