New mums being sent home from maternity units ‘too soon’
Research says British mums leave hospital too soon after giving birth
New mums leave maternity too soon
- According to new research
How long did you spend in hospital after giving birth? According to latest reports, British mums are sent home from hospital after having a baby much quicker than most other countries.
The average time a new mum spends in a maternity unit after giving birth is one and a half days, according to researchers in London who have studied the time spent by new mums in 71 nations in the developed world.
In comparison to our stays in maternity units, Italians and Germans spend an average of three days in hospital where as a Frenchwoman can expect up to four days of care within her maternity unit after giving birth.
The short stay for British mums is being put down to a shortage of resources in maternity units. The research undertaken by the London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also raises the concern that new mothers may be missing out on vital support with breastfeeding and post-natal depression.
The data also showed that 30 per cent of new mothers in Britain are being discharged after less than a day which goes against the advice of the World Health Organisation that recommends new mothers should stay in their maternity ward for at least 24 hours.
The only other countries shown to send new mothers home earlier than Britain are Egypt, Pakistan, Zambia, Jordan, Uganda, Turkey and Mexico.