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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17855: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many women have left peri-natal care without pelvic health education from a health professional in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 14 August 2018

The Scottish Government does not hold this information centrally.

The latest publication of Ready Steady Baby contains information for new mothers on the importance of pelvic-floor muscles in preventing stress incontinence. It gives mothers examples of exercises they can make part of their daily routine during everyday tasks. It highlights that if mothers have any problems or concerns they should mention it to their GP or health visitor. All pregnant women are offered a copy of Ready Steady Baby by their midwife.

Midwives would routinely discuss physical and emotional health and wellbeing with women in antenatal and postnatal care, including advice on perineal/wound hygiene and give pelvic floor/other exercise information after giving birth.