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PE01735: Include Pelvic Floor education in the Baby Box scheme


Petitioner: Elaine Miller


Closing Date for Online Petition: 23 August 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to include pelvic floor education in Baby Boxes, to reduce stress incontinence amongst new mothers and improve women’s life-long health and well-being. 

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  • How can we assess the true scale of women experiencing incontinence following childbirth and the associated costs?  Where are the data gaps?
  • What are the barriers preventing women seeking help?
  • What information should be provided about pelvic floor exercises/incontinence in Baby Boxes?
  • What is the best way to deliver this information?


Having suffered from pelvic pain and knowing how the NHS provide very little support for pregnant and post-natal women in pain I fully support this request. I didn't know I was doing pelvic floor exercises wrong for 2 years until I saw a private physiotherapist. Advice like this could have made a difference. Too many women suffer in silence.

Elise Rayner

15:29 on 20 Aug 2019

Early prevention is so much better than curing and can be so life affecting if we get it wrong! This is the kind of stuff young women genuinely don't know about until it is too late.

Tamara Gill

11:36 on 20 Aug 2019

Well done Elaine . This has to be added. Pelvic floor is very important... would've loved this information when i was younger .

Grainne Brady

0:06 on 07 Aug 2019

Many years have passed since I had wee (!) ones. I really wished someone had promoted this, way back then. Older I get more I dread getting a cold for fear of coughing or sneezing..lets get the younger generation educated in this important subject.

Irene Archibald

22:13 on 06 Aug 2019

I can understand why there would be any reason not to include this information in the baby box. It effects thousands if women and this information would really help. The baby box would be a perfect way to disseminate the information.

Jen Downie

15:30 on 05 Aug 2019

It is essential that stress incontinence in new mums is recognised as a public health emergency and contributes to post natal depression. Organisations like Tena continue to make huge profits from NHSS when the problem can be addressed at clinic.

Denise MacLean

19:15 on 28 Jul 2019

Having had two children I was really surprised that issue was not discussed at all prior to birth & not really focused on after birth. For long term health it is really vital

Hal Osler

13:07 on 28 Jul 2019

Great idea. I wish this advice had been more widely available when I was a new mum!

Susan Morrison

12:32 on 28 Jul 2019

Stress in incontinence is not normal, get the message out there!!

Margaret Sheridan

19:45 on 24 Jul 2019

Information about pelvic health should be available to every woman post childbirth. Squeezy app is great. But just knowing you're not alone and that physio care and specialist advice exists would be a good start. Lack of attention to it, and unnecessary shame, ruins lives and costs money down the line.

Karine Polwart

14:36 on 24 Jul 2019

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