New mums should be given a health check by GPs nine months after giving birth, campaigners are urging.
A growing number of medical professionals and charities are warning that women are not getting enough support with their physical and mental health in the year after childbirth, leading millions to develop issues that can affect their lives for decades.
Postnatal care currently ends with a health assessment with a GP at between five to eight weeks after birth, known as the six-week check, which is done at the same time as babies have vital checks.
Mary Broddle, now 45, pictured with her baby son Leo lost more than a litre of blood during the delivery. The Nottingham mother of two went on to develop severe anaemia which was not spotted until 18 months later
Professor Debra Bick, an expert in maternal health at Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, says that there is ‘no medical reason why women’s postnatal checks end at this point’, calling it ‘a historical anomaly’.