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Late shifts and long hours don’t say ‘antenatal care’ to me

Pregnancy is not an illness, but it can be an exhausting time for NHS staff, says Jane Bates
A pregnant healthcare worker

Pregnancy is not an illness, but it can be an exhausting experience for NHS staff, says Jane Bates

My nursing instincts took over. I told her to go home to bed and take some time off work, but she said she couldn’t.

I don’t usually tell doctors what to do, but I was so concerned, I just couldn’t help myself.

She was in her third trimester of pregnancy, at risk of serious complications, visibly exhausted, with a toddler at home disrupting her sleep – yet expected to work the usual punishing long hours and be ready to rush off to theatre and perform emergency surgery at the drop of a hat.

Nothing trivial about these complaints

I’ve heard it said many times that pregnancy is not an illness, which of course it is not. But shouldn’t expectant mothers

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