GPs 'are treating key check-ups for new mothers as a box ticking exercise', ... trends now
Family doctors are neglecting new mothers by failing to offer crucial post-natal checks or treating them as a box-ticking exercise, a study suggests.
Patients’ watchdogs have warned that many key six-week assessments are simply not taking place – and when they do take place, are leaving women unsatisfied with the support they are given.
The failure means issues of mental health are going unnoticed, which can prevent mothers developing close bonds with their babies and also potentially destroy their relationships with their partners.
GPs are contractually obliged and paid to assess new mothers’ mental health and wellbeing six to eight weeks after giving birth. The consultations are to ensure the woman is recovering properly and are an opportunity for them to be referred to a specialist service if