Media Release

Expectant mums can now manage own post birth pain relief

Expectant mothers will now be able to manage their own after birth pain relief under new changes at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s maternity department.

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are often prescribed by the Hospital to help women feel comfortable after giving birth.

New mums will no longer have to wait for a midwife to bring their pain relief following the birth as they are now asked to bringing in their own paracetamol and ibuprofen.

The new change will not only help new mums but also The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Painkillers cost less than £1 to buy over the counter but the Hospital can end up paying up to £15 for a prescription.

Lead Midwife Hayley Barnes said: “When you come to our hospital to have your baby we are improving how we manage your after birth pain relief.

“To ensure that you have immediate pain relief after your baby, we ask that you bring in your 500mg paracetamol and 200mg ibuprofen. We can assess that you are able to self-administer your pain relief after your baby is born. This will enable you to have pain relief immediately as you need it.

“We will of course be continuing to provide pain relief while women are having their babies.”