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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20000: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance and standards the six-week post-natal check is based on.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 3 December 2018

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines (2015) on Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth state that, “at each postnatal contact the healthcare professional should ask the woman about her health and wellbeing and that of her baby. This should include asking women about their experience of common physical health problems.” And in relation to the 6-8 week check it states, “At the end of the postnatal period, the coordinating healthcare professional should ensure that the woman's physical, emotional and social wellbeing is reviewed. Screening and medical history should also be taken into account.”

The Child Health Pre-School Clinical Guidelines published by NHS Scotland Information Services Division states that a physical and developmental 6–8 weeks assessment of new-borns is undertaken and recorded jointly by the child’s Health Visitor and GP.