Birth

11 October 2017

Vaginal mesh implants: Parliament set to debate the use of controversial vaginal mesh implants

News broke this week that hundreds of women were suing the NHS and the manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants after facing serious health complications. Women have been left unable to walk, work or have sex as a result of the treatment, with many sufferers claiming they were never informed of the potential dangers before having the mesh fitted. 

Maeve Keenan

12 September 2017

Is a mother giving birth a primary or secondary victim?

RE v Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: [2017] EWHC 824 (QB)

Kate Rohde

7 July 2017

#IamSuperHuman – Fighting the stigma of “Disability”

I hate the word “disabled”. Just take a moment and really think about what this word means. I bet you would associate it with words such as “unable”, “weak” and “incapable”. It has such a negative meaning and as a society, we use this as a label. However, imagine if we were to change this label to something positive. For example, instead of “disabled”, let’s use “Super Human”. I bet you now think of words such as “strong”, “exceptional” and “heroic”. Disabled people are all these characteristics and much more, and here’s why…..

4 July 2017

Mothers with Birth Injuries

A recent article appeared in the Daily Mail entitled “The great childbirth taboo” which opened up the conversation on this issue for many women.  The article centred on the tears women experience after childbirth that leave them with serious injuries such as incontinence, pain and painful intercourse.   Many mothers, and especially first time mothers, are not told or simply do not realise that the symptoms that they are suffering from are due to a missed or incorrectly repaired tear and instead they simply put it down to being a normal consequence of childbirth.  The symptoms are so deeply personal that it is something that has been seen as too embarrassing to talk about with their GP or their families and therefore the opportunity to diagnose them gets missed.  The article in the Daily Mail was a reminder that women in this situation are not alone and highlighted the importance of seeking help at the earliest opportunity.  

Punam Sood

20 June 2017

Cerebral Palsy – what do we know about the causes?

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP) is usually only made after a doctor has carried out a range of specialised tests with a team of health professionals.  These professionals may include neurologists, paediatricians, genetic specialists and a host of others.  

Kate Rohde

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