Bringing our Stickmum campaign to life

Written by the Pelvic Partnership. January 2019.

Our Stickmum campaign started in November 2015. We distributed over 100,000 copies of our upbeat and informative Stickmum leaflet for frontline healthcare professionals throughout the UK in GP, midwifery and physiotherapy journals thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

We wanted to capitalise on the success of the initiative so after receiving another Big Lottery Fund £10,000 grant and £1,000 from Tesco Bags of Help in 2018, we have been able to create two campaign videos. One of the videos brings our Stickmum cartoon stories to life through animation. The other shows what effective assessment and treatment for Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) look like.

Our Stickmum campaign aims to encourage you to join us to raise awareness of pregnancy-related PGP, which is a common (affecting one in five women), but not a normal part of pregnancy. The good news is that PGP is treatable, but sadly PGP and its treatment are often poorly understood. We want women to be able to access treatment easily on the NHS, not just in private practice. With your help we hope that these videos will enable us to reach more healthcare professionals and women with PGP, spreading the word that #PGPistreatable and help to #getamummoving.

One of our Trustees, Becky, who features in our ‘what to expect from treatment’ video, explains:

‘Every healthcare professional who comes into contact with women with PGP needs to see this video. It details the gold standard in treatment – treatment that actually works. I can vouch for this personally: that’s me in the video! My first pregnancy was a horror show of pain and terrible treatment. My second was a different story altogether, thanks to good manual therapy. PGP is very simple to treat in most cases and can be done at any stage of pregnancy.

Too often we hear of women with PGP being sent to group exercise classes instead of getting good hands-on treatment. Too often we hear of women being given a list of painful exercises they won’t be able to do, without getting the manual therapy they need. Too often, we hear of pregnant women left to endure PGP unnecessarily because of the erroneous belief that treatment can’t be given during pregnancy. Too often we hear of women sent away with belts that are ineffective unless joints are moving properly, without anyone tending those joints to tackle the cause of the pain. We believe that there are no excuses for anything other than top-notch, woman-centred, gentle, effective manual therapy to get pelvic joints mobilised and butt muscles happy!

I really hope that everyone who needs to, will see this video and I hope it heralds the start of great treatment for all women with PGP!’

Manual therapy is available on the NHS, but more than half of the women in our 2018 survey were never offered a referral for physio and 43% of women with PGP said they felt their symptoms were never taken seriously*. Every woman with PGP has a right to be assessed and treated promptly, so please help us to spread the word that #PGPistreatable and help to #getamummoving. Click here to order and share our FREE Stickmum leaflets today or to view and share our videos, either in an email or via social media. Thank you for your help.

Follow the campaign @pp_pgp_charity #pgpistreatable #getamummoving or on Facebook.

*From a 2018 Pelvic Partnership survey of 367 women with PGP.

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The Pelvic Partnership consists of volunteers who have had Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) and wish to support other women. We aim to pass on information based on both research and the experience of other women with PGP. We are not medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice and the information we provide should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material on this site is provided for information and support purposes only.

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