Lily Cooper hits out at the NHS, after not providing her with adequate support after giving birth
Tuesday 15 January 2013
Lily Cooper has hit out at the NHS for not providing her with adequate support after giving birth to her second daughter just last week.
The singer described the health system as ‘overstretched’ and admitted that while midwives are ‘generally angels,’ she has been disappointed with the service she has received since being discharged from hospital last Wednesday.
Lily – who married Sam Cooper in July 2011 – gave birth to Marnie Rose on Tuesday 8th Jan and has since admitted that she is slightly worried after not receiving a visit from a midwife yet.
The 27-year-old star took to her Twitter account to air her concerns. She wrote: ‘So after speaking to the Brent midwifery team at 7 this morning, I was told to stay in all day and someone would be over to weigh my baby and do a jaundice assessment as I've been a bit worried…’
‘Waited all day, and nothing, not even a phone call. She'll be a week old tomorrow.’
She added: ‘I don't mean to moan and I know how over stretched the health service is. But I can't help but think about how mothers with less support, both financially and emotionally are meant to cope.’
‘What if I was having real problems. I haven't been able to get an answer on the phone.’
‘I know it's not the midwives themselves' fault, they are generally angels but surely we can do better than this.'
‘It may be worth mentioning that when I was discharged from hospital with my last baby, 14 months ago the midwives were there 3 hours later #waytogocoalition #CUTS #nhs.’
A spokesman for the Royal College of Midwives said: ‘Any woman should reasonably expect to know when they will get their first visit or phone call from a midwife within a couple of days of being discharged.
'We would advise any woman who doesn’t have that information to contact the maternity unit directly.’
Lily and Sam also have a 14-month-old daughter, Ethel.
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