Look how far we have come!
Last week I attended the Annual Conference for the Royal College of Midwives. It was incredible. I met literally hundreds of midwives and student midwives, gave out hundreds of leaflets and posters and made valuable contacts with other organisations. The profile of hyperemesis gravidarum is on the increase!
I've just been reading through my blogpost archive and nearly two years ago I talked about the plans we had for Pregnancy Sickness Support, developing a support network and an online education program for midwives. I'm blown away by how far we have come since then! Support network? BOOM! We've got nearly 180 volunteers across the UK and in the last 5 months we've helped over 200 sufferers find peer support. It's now run smoothly and efficiently by a national volunteer coordinator. On top of that is the thousands of women getting help from the website and forum – over 11,000 unique visitors last month!
But what of the Healthcare Professional online training? Well it's remained just outside of our grasp due to the cost of platforms to run it and ways of reaching the people who need it... until now. Contacts made at the Conference last week could turn that around if we can provide the content – easy! Having hosted a hyperemesis gravidarum conference in September the Charity already has masses of content for HCP's. I've also been asked to author a couple more articles in reputable midwifery journals.
And what of other plans? What's next for the Spewing Mummy and her mission? Well, they'll be no more pregnancies for me that's for sure... but watch this space for developments, my new logo will be up soon and I have plans in the pipeline to help more and more women with hyperemesis gravidarum. We have a long way to go to get the condition recognised as much as it should be and for care to be consistent and of a high standard, but we are getting there... and faster than I thought possible!