Tommy’s new pregnancy campaign encourages mums to #AlwaysAsk
This week, Tommy’s has launched a new safer pregnancy campaign which aims to encourage mums-to-be to trust their instincts and speak up if something doesn’t feel right in pregnancy. Here’s Tommy’s midwife Anna to tell us more about the campaign.
As a midwife, I saw this situation all too often, women would come in eventually after delaying telling us they didn’t want to make a fuss, or be a bother! They would say, “I know you are busy and I didn’t want to add to the queue of people needing seeing”. I would always respond with “You are absolutely NOT a bother, I would rather see you many many times and have you reassured than you come in once and then have to tell you bad news”. So when I caught sight of Tommy’s #AlwaysAsk campaign I knew I had to share it. The campaign resonates with a post I shared about getting involved with Kicks Count too and not feeling a bother to health professionals. (Read it here)
A recent poll on the BabyCentre website found that 60% of women worry that they are wasting midwives’ time by raising a concern in pregnancy. We wanted to change that, so set about working on a campaign with King’s College London that would reassure women to speak up during pregnancy.
The result is our new #AlwaysAsk campaign.
#AlwaysAsk centres around two short animated films that have been voiced by midwife Clemmie Hooper, or @MODaughters as she is known to her Instagram followers. Both of the animations were created with women who have experienced pregnancy complications and health professionals. The first campaign film follows a pregnant woman through her pregnancy journey. It shows her fears being resolved as she speaks up about a concern.
The second film offers tips for speaking up in pregnancy, which have been gathered from women who took part in the project. The tips are based on their real experiences.
1) Don’t play it down – take your concerns seriously and others will too
2) Be specific – say what has changed, even if you don’t think it’s related to your pregnancy
3) Begin by saying, ‘I am concerned…’
4) Ask the healthcare professionals for their name
5) Make a list of all your concerns
6) Write down what you’re told
7) It’s ok to say you are feeling vulnerable and frightened
8) Before you leave that appointment – consider whether you have asked all your questions and are satisfied with the answers
9) If you can’t make yourself heard or you don’t agree or you feel uncomfortable, say ‘Let me think about that and get back to you’
10) If you are not happy with the response ask for a second opinion
You can view both films and read more about our campaign here.
We really hope that the campaign will empower women to trust their instincts and speak to their midwife or GP when something doesn’t feel right. As our film says, we would rather reassure you 100 times than miss spotting a problem once!
You can really help us to get our message out by sharing our films on social media or by adding a Twibbon to your profile picture.
Please share and encourage other mums-to-be to #AlwaysAsk!
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