These organisations are all voluntarily run providing great services for women and families with excellent information booklets free to download:
THE PROFESSIONAL NETWORK FOR PELVIC OBSTETRIC & GYNAECOLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY POGP
This is a network of my professional body The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The POGP is run by voluntary physiotherapists. One of their aims is to bring specialist knowledge and information to the public about pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological conditions.
They have great publications available as free pdf downloads on their website (click on the titles below to go straight to the right webpage for the booklet you are interested in):
- Fit and safe: exercise in the childbearing year. This booklet is aimed towards any woman in her childbearing year who wishes to exercise safely.
- Fit for Birth. This booklet contains essential exercises and advice to help women cope with their labour.
- Fit for the Future. This booklet contains a safe set of exercises and advice to help new mothers recover after childbirth.
- Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain for mothers to be and new mothers. Formerly known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). This booklet will provide information and advice on PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) related to your pregnancy.
- Exercise and advice after the loss of your baby. This booklet is for women whose baby has died during pregnancy, or during or soon after birth. It includes a safe set of exercises and practical advice to aid physical recovery.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse - a physiotherapy guide for women The information will help you understand what a prolapse is, what the causes may be and what you might be able to do to improve the symptoms you are experiencing.
THE PELVIC PARTNERSHIP
The pelvic partnership is a voluntary organisation who publish really helpful, sympathetic and practical advice for women suffering with Pelvic Girdle Pain (previously often called SPD). This affects 1 in 5 women. Their website has lots of clear useful information and they have also offer a telephone helpline. Download their free "Stickmum" leaflet to help you discuss your symptoms with your GP or midwife and get access to early treatment and help.