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PE01454: Hyperemesis specialist nurses


Petitioner: Natalie Robb


Date Lodged: 03 December 2012

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to consider placing hyperemesis specialist nurses in hospitals throughout Scotland to provide medical and emotional support to the thousands of pregnant women suffering from this condition.

Petition History:


22 January 2013: The Committee took evidence from Natalie Robb. The Committee agreed to write to Pregnancy Sickness Support, the National Childbirth Trust, the Royal College of Midwives, the British Medical Association Scotland, the Royal College of Nursing, NHS Forth Valley and the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 22 January 2013 (393KB pdf)

Below: Natalie Robb giving evidence to the Committee on 22 January 2013

16 April 2013: The Committee agreed to follow up the awaited response from NHS Forth Valley, ask the Scottish Government to provide responses to Dr MacLean’s audit recommendations and write to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Link to Official Report 16 April 2013 (472KB pdf)

25 June 2013: The Committee agreed to write to Dr Marjory MacLean supporting the proposal to form a Scottish Hyperemesis Network and ask that interested parties, such as the petitioner, are included in taking this forward. Link to Official Report 25 June 2013 (499KB pdf)

17 September 2013: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the grounds that a Scottish hyperemesis network for professionals is to be set up; the group will work with established patient support groups, and, in addition, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has commissioned a new guideline in this area. Link to Official Report 17 September 2013 (597KB pdf) 

Written Submissions:

Hyperemesis is a form of extreme sickness during pregnancy and affects 2 in 100 pregnant women.  After suffering for hyperemesis myself and receiving no professional help or support from anyone, I think it extremely important that this support is put in place for other women who also have this illness.  A specialist healthcare worker can provide this much needed medical and pyschological care and support for those thousands of women who require it.

Had hyperemesis gravidarum with both pregnancies. Its nine months of hell, i didnt get any help or understanding, i was left to rot mentally and physically. It was the worse time of my life...bad memories still anger me. Unconcerned doctors and unconcerned midwives, had a mental break down which i still medicate for, often i self harmed to cope with the misery, no body cared apart from my family whom had never seen me so ill and were left perplexed by the lack of support from midwives and doctors.

Stephanie Bridgewater

23:04 on 03 Dec 2012

Would hate being sick all the time through my pregnancies :-(

nadia allen

20:32 on 03 Dec 2012

HG took away my daughter's life for 9 months. She needed constant 24 hour care. Just so glad I was able to be there for her and now have a beautiful giggling grandson of 7months.

Julie Williams

20:20 on 03 Dec 2012

Im still going through HG and couldn't feel worse! There needs to be a worldwide change in how it's dealt with. Kate and William appear to be suffering and its the first time I've heard it ever mentioned! Let's hope something is done....


19:07 on 03 Dec 2012

After suffering twice with HG I cannot believe some professionals ignorance of this condition. I suffered for 18 weeks with my first child and for most of my second pregnancy. HG was a massive strain both physically and mentally. I had to move house so to he closer to family as for weeks I couldn't get out of bed, care for my daughter and run a home. I had 4 jobs before HG and had to give them all up due to be I'll for so long. Because of this I get no maternity pay therefore Ive had to look for other work and my baby is only 3 months old. If it wasn't for my family I dread to think what would have happened with my daughter as I received no help or support. I was admitted to hospital 6 times and took medication throughout. Mental I don't know how I got through it. Some medical staff were good, some where very unhelpful which made the nightmare of HG so much worse. Please do whatever is necessary to help these women who suffer during pregnancy so they don't suffer for a long time after!

K Scott

16:45 on 03 Dec 2012

Just heard that Kate Middleton is currently suffering from this!

Heather Miranda

16:39 on 03 Dec 2012

Something that is very much needed in the NHS.

Victoria A Grieve

10:56 on 03 Dec 2012

As a sufferer of HG myself I know how scary this condition can be, especially as it is so widely not recognised. I have ended up not being able to work or care for my son on my own as some days I can't even get out of bed. This condition being diagnosed and recognised after having to be admitted to hospital for rehydration was such a relief it brought me to tears. There needs to be more support for women suffering this tremendously debilitating condition.

Lisa Ingram

17:42 on 02 Dec 2012

I was told to consider abortion and put in a ward full off mothers that had already had their baby's , there was no one to talk to and I was made feel like a hypercondryact x not fare :-(

Angie Latto

23:12 on 01 Dec 2012

I've had hyperemesis 3 times and this last time was the worst. Luckily I received treatment early on or it could've been much worse. Early treatment is KEY. It is so important for a woman with hg to have a caring, understanding and educated healthcare provider. Hopefully these women will get a provider who has these qualities.


22:31 on 01 Dec 2012

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