Throughout my 4 pregnancies, I have always been fiercely proud of the fact that we live in England, with access to the NHS. I am proud of our health service, and dedicated to working towards improving it and sustaining it for my own children. And when their turn comes, and they are ready to be parents themselves, I’d like to think it will still be here for their children too. But that is not to say there aren’t areas that don’t work too well. I’ve experienced the flip side of our NHS too, and have often voiced my concerns over budget cuts and staff shortages. More than once, particularly in my last pregnancy, I have considered private midwifery care to supplement the care that the NHS was struggling to provide. One such service has recently launched, and although it is now too late for me (no more babies here- but that’s another post!) I think it’s a great idea. Introducing MyInstacare.
My Instacare exists to support your NHS care throughout pregnancy. For those non-urgent queries that niggle at you when there is another week until your midwife appointment. For additional reassurance during a stressful pregnancy. For the ease of advice and support (from experts) at the click of a button.
My Instacare has a team of doctors and midwives on hand for video consultations and are an option for women who want or need additional care during pregnancy, but cannot afford private healthcare. This means that you can get an answer to your query or concern in minutes, and without long waiting times or juggling childcare to get down to the hospital. currently, you can speak with a midwife for £19, a doctor for £69, or you can pay £99 per month for unlimited access to a midwife.
Personally, I would have used Instacare in my last pregnancy. The agony of unanswered questions after every appointment and doppler scan was a burden I did not need, and Instacare could well have saved me a few sleepless nights. I think that this service could help to educate and empower women to a certain point; help them to feel more in control of their pregnancy, without needing to rely on an over-stretched community midwife.
This is not to say that our midwives and doctors working for the NHS are not capable of caring adequately for women during pregnancy. Quite the opposite! The medical team at Instacare are all GMC/NMC registered and also practice within the NHS too- perhaps highlighting the fact that additional care is sometimes needed.
My Instacare could help to cut GP waiting lists and reduce visits to A&E too, with services also aimed at new mums. The 20 minute consultations also cover issues such as
– feeding & breastfeeding issues
– general pregnancy concerns
– labour / birth questions
– sleep issues
– baby weight gain
– nutrition advice
– rashes / irritations
– second opinions
all of which are common worries for new parents.
So what do you think? Should we be paying for maternity services that are already provided on the NHS? Does Instacare really relieve some of the pressure on the NHS? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
For more information, please visit the My Instacare website. You can also book directly if you’d like a consultation. To get a £10 voucher towards a My InstaCare video consultation, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Ghostwrittermummy voucher” in the subject line.
A mobile app is currently being launched- watch this space!
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