Post natal care, where?

My baby’s in the cot, what?

I cannot reach him, let alone feed him.


I keep pressing the buzzer, but no one comes

They tell me they are busy as they pass on the run,

I don’t want to bother but I can’t yet feel my legs

I can feel pain in my tummy and wet in the bed


A lady arrives all flustered and hot,  she says “what”?

“Can you pass my baby please and could you help me feed”

“I’ll get the midwife, she will do the deed”

Out she disappears and reappears, curtains flapping open wide

I’m sorry she is busy right now “have you tried?”


Tears are streaming down my face, I wish I were at home

On this busy postnatal ward I have never felt more alone,

I have read books and am prepared to try

But I need some help, I continue to cry.


They murmer “post natal depression” behind the fabric wall,

I just need help with feeding it is not that at all.

Two arrive behind the curtains take observations and check my blood loss,

Then finally my boy is with me, yelling he is the boss.


It takes a while to latch him as he has got into such a state

But finally he is sucking and at such a rate

They leave me behind the curtains, left with a bell to ring

As another machine is demanding them with a loud ping.


I cannot really blame them, three staff for twenty four

Post natal mothers and babies require so much more

The routine mothers have all gone home, the needy are still here

Please help post caesarean women, isolation is our fear.


Lots of breastfeeding support in the middle of the night

Please peer supporters help us make this right

Midwives and Midwifery care assistants have the skills we need

But there needs to be more of them to help us succeed.






If anyone had said that I would be actively involved with social media for professional purposes a couple of years ago, I would have a laughed. As a fifty-odd year old midwife heading for early retirement, a part of me did not wish to get involved with all this ‘technology’ stuff.  But I am so pleased I have.

A couple of years ago I went on a study day about NHS informatics.  The title of which did not actually tell you what it was about. But I met Annie Cooper(@anniecoops) and Teresa Chin (@AgencyNurse) and Pam Nelmes (@pam007nelmes).  This started my world in Twitterville and has opened many horizons.

I now get involved with Twitterchats using the #WeMidwives forum.  I follow senior people in midwifery @LesleyPageRCM, the RCM, and NICE and NMC.  I hear about NHS initiatives, new policies direct to my phone/computer/tablet. I discuss topics with non-professionals, women, patient groups, I learn and I grow.

Today I was involved towards the end of a 24hr Transformathon event (#nhstform1400, @theedgeNHS).   I was online, hearing lots of speakers and watching presentations from their offices or homes. I was on my own sofa. I asked questions and I commented. It just felt great to be in a space where you can offer your opinion, be part of a movement. Hopefully the beginning of a change in how we discuss and plan care.

If you are feeling unheard in your own worklife I really would encourage you to get engaged to receive some support for your thoughts and ideas.

Being part of social media has enabled me to develop my own blog (helenyoungmidwife@wordpress.com) which I have sadly neglected recently, but today has inspired me to share again my knowledge and opinions.

If you are still out there and thinking you can’t or won’t or don’t think it is for you, I urge you to get on the social media, particularly professional midwifery tweeting, train or it will leave you behind.


As a Midwife in the Southwest UK,  I would encourage you to follow.

@WeMidwives                  @jennytheM                                     @MIDIRS

@nmcnews                        @sagefemmeB   Sheena Byrom     @CareQualityComm

@RCObsGyn                      @RUHstaff                                       @NHSEngland

@MidwivesRCM               @MaternityAction                            @UWEMidwifery