Jenny Rathbone AM Supports Launch of MASIC in Wales
The MASIC (Mothers with Anal Sphincter Injuries in Childbirth) Foundation was launched in Wales on Tuesday the 26th September at the National Assembly for Wales.
Over 50 people attended the launch, including patients, health campaigners and clinicians from across five health boards. The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being, and Sport, Vaughan Gething, also attended.
The MASIC Foundation is a registered charity which supports mothers who experience anal sphincter injuries during childbirth, which can often result in bowel incontinence. Latest statistics suggest that over 10% of women having a baby vaginally may suffer some form of bowel incontinence.
The evening, hosted by Jenny Rathbone, included presentations by Dr. Julie Cornish, a consultant and colorectal surgeon at Cwm Taf UHB, Professor Michael Keighley, President of the MASIC Foundation, and Simon Emery, consultant and uro-gynaecologist at ABMUHB. Testimonies from those affected were also be heard, in order to consider how the medical profession could help improve outcomes and change healthcare policy to reduce the impact of birth injuries on the health of mothers.
Jenny Rathbone said:
“In the last ten years, the numbers of women disabled by third and fourth degree tears during labour as increased three-fold. We need to raise awareness of the issue in order to stop mothers suffering in silence.”
Baroness Cumberlege CBE (Head of the National Maternity Review and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health from 1992 to 1997) said:
"The MASIC Foundation aims to reduce the incidence of birth injury as well as help new mothers who are suffering from its symptoms which are too often hidden from society. These issues are crucial to the future wellbeing of these women and their families."