Our Stickmum campaign aims to encourage you to join us to raise awareness of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (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 you to be able to access treatment easily on the NHS, not just in private practice. Early treatment not only can prevent long term disability for women, but also reduces costs to the NHS of unnecessary appointments and ongoing treatment. If untreated, studies have shown that 10-19% of those with PGP in pregnancy still have significant symptoms 11 and 12 years later*. Help us to increase our campaigning power and reach as many healthcare professionals as possible by forming a chain of women across the UK, united in spreading the word about what PGP is and that it is treatable.
Can you join together with us in distributing our Stickmum leaflets and sharing our campaign videos to the key healthcare professionals involved in your care: GPs, midwives, and physiotherapists? Our Stickmum leaflet and animation video explain how to recognise the symptoms of PGP and treat it using hands-on manual therapy. Our What to expect from treatment video aims to give women and healthcare professionals a better understanding of what effective treatment looks like for PGP.
By working together we can extend our reach and effectively push for greater recognition and understanding of this debilitating condition. PGP causes pelvic pain and immobility so that walking, driving, turning in bed or even standing can become painful and challenging. Manual therapy is available on the NHS in many areas, but more than half of you in our 2018 survey told us you were never offered a referral for physio. 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.
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In August 2015, the Pelvic Partnership was awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant of £10,000 which enabled our charity to produce and distribute over 100,000 copies of our upbeat and informative 'Stickmum' leaflet for frontline healthcare professionals throughout the UK in GP, midwifery, and physiotherapy journals in the following November. Please see our blog article from November 2015 for more information.
We wanted to capitalise on the success of the initiative so after receiving another Big Lottery Fund £10,000 grant and £1000 from Tesco Bags of Help in 2018 we have been able to create two campaign videos. These videos, launched in January 2019, will enable us to reach more healthcare professionals and women with PGP. Please see our January 2019 blog article for more information.
*Bergström C, Persson M, Nergård KA, Mogren I. Prevalence and predictors of persistent pelvic girdle pain 12 years postpartum. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017;18(1):399. https://doi. org/10.1186/s12891-017-1760-5.
** From a 2018 Pelvic Partnership survey of 367 women with PGP.