Charities & Campaign Groups

The physical and mental health of new mothers often receives little or no discussion at GP check-ups, new polling reveals

A new survey on behalf of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) of mothers with children aged 2 and under has examined how long discussions at postnatal GP check-up appointments focus on the new mother’s own physical or mental health, as opposed to their baby’s.

 

 

The online poll found that for 31% of new mothers who had a check-up at their GP surgery 6-8 weeks postnatally, their own physical or mental health was discussed for less than 3 minutes.  16% of the new mothers even reported that their health condition was not discussed at all within the scope of their check-up appointment.  27% of the participants did state, however, that their own physical or mental health was discussed for about 5 minutes, with 17% saying the discussion lasted between 5 and 10 minutes and 7% noted that their physical and mental health status was discussed for more than 10 minutes. A further 3% of respondents said they were not sure.

 

 

The survey also found that a quarter of new mothers who went for a check-up were not asked about their emotional or mental health. 68% were asked about their mental health with 7% saying they couldn’t remember.

 

 

The poll was part of NCT’s #HiddenHalf campaign, people can join the #HiddenHalf campaign at www.nct.org.uk/hiddenhalf.

Survation polled 1025 mothers of children aged 2 years or younger in the UK on behalf of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Fieldwork was conducted between 6th-13th June 2019.

Data tables and methodology can be found here.

 

Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

 


To learn more about Survation’s polling capabilities or to commission a poll, contact Harry Mason or John Gibb on 020 3818 9661 or email researchteam@survation.com.


Would you like to have your own views represented in Survation’s research work?

To join our paid consumer opinion panel, simply go to: https://panel.survation.com/ and register (1 minute) and we’ll credit your account with 50 points for simply confirming your email and allocate 100 points for taking a very short survey. Points convert to cash which can be withdrawn each time you reach the equivalent of £50.

 

Chris Lees

Chris Lees

Chris is the Lead Project Manager at Survation. Prior to joining Survation, Chris worked at leading integration think tank, British Future with roles including use of polling and statistics, evaluation of the Migration Museum Project as well at British Future's "National Conversation" project the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration and integration. Chris has an MA from The University of York in Contemporary History and International Politics, a BA from The University of York and was part of the Erasmus Exchange scheme with Universiteit Utrecht.

More Posts - Website


< Back