In response to the University of West London’s research on teenage mothers and their postnatal inpatient experiences, Rosie Dodds, Senior Policy Adviser at NCT said:
“Young women can be alienated by poor care when having a baby, but it is shocking to hear again how insensitively some were treated. It is unacceptable that care which is supposed to empower young women to become good parents failed so drastically, resulting in women feeling isolated and helpless.
“Many of the problems in maternity services could be addressed through better continuity of carer. Mothers, particularly young mothers can be hesitant to ask for help and they need to be supported by a midwife that they know and trust throughout their pregnancy, birth and afterwards.”