One of our charity partners, Tommy’s, has launched a campaign with King’s College London and Babycentre that’s very close to our hearts. ‘Always Ask’ is a safer pregnancy campaign that aims to support and empower mums-to-be to trust their instincts and speak up when something doesn’t feel right. By doing so, they hope to reduce the number of women who experience complications during pregnancy or suffer a loss.
Whether you’re a mum-to-be yourself or a birth partner, family member or friend who can act as an advocate, this film is for you. Have a watch and share it widely so we can get everyone asking more questions.
you’re not alone
If you’re worried about being a nuisance, you’re not the only one. A Babycentre poll of 1,300 women showed that more than 60% worried about wasting time before raising a concern, and almost 30% didn’t speak up because of it. Researchers at King’s College London also found that women often struggle to voice their instincts and concerns, though knowledge about their own changing body is invaluable in contributing to safer pregnancies.
tips for raising your voice
For those of you struggling to make your voice heard, the ‘Re-Assure Project’ provides tips to help you communicate any concerns you have. Here are a few suggestions from women who have been in the same situation as you:
• don’t play your concerns down and be specific about what has changed
• it’s ok to say that you are feeling vulnerable and frightened
• write down what you’re told and if you’re not happy with the response, get a second opinion
• before you leave that appointment, consider whether you have asked all your questions and are satisfied with the answers
• if you can’t make yourself heard, don’t agree or feel uncomfortable, say ‘Let me think about that and get back to you
jane brewin, ceo of tommy’s
“We want to reassure pregnant women that they are not wasting time when they speak to a health professional about a concern. Women’s knowledge about changes in their condition is a crucial part of their maternity care. A safer maternity care system has at its core empowered women who are enabled to speak up.”
clemmie hooper, celebrity midwife and voice of the campaign
“This campaign is so important. As a midwife, I would always rather someone come and see me with their concerns ten times and it be a false alarm, rather than miss someone the one time they really need to be seen.”
worry less about wasting time and find out more at tommy's
Tommy’s funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to empower parents to have a healthy pregnancy. They believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. Named after St Thomas’ Hospital where the charity was born in 1992, it is now the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. www.tommys.org