PE01735: Include Pelvic Floor education in the Baby Box scheme


Petitioner: Elaine Miller


Date Lodged: 23 August 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to include pelvic floor education in Baby Boxes, to reduce stress incontinence amongst new mothers and improve women’s life-long health and well-being. 

Petition History:

The petitioner has collected 911 offline signatures.


19 September 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. It also agreed to write to the Royal College of Midwives and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Official Report of Meeting 19 September 2019

5 March 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government does not think there would be an advantage in adding more information on pelvic floor exercises to the Baby Box, and that it will provide information on this subject through other means. Link to Official Report of Meeting 5 March 2020

Written submissions

PE1735/A: Scottish Government submission of 22 October 2019 (91KB pdf)

  • How can we assess the true scale of women experiencing incontinence following childbirth and the associated costs?  Where are the data gaps?
  • What are the barriers preventing women seeking help?
  • What information should be provided about pelvic floor exercises/incontinence in Baby Boxes?
  • What is the best way to deliver this information?


Its a no brainer. Will save the health service a lot of money. Just think about it, it makes sense, its an innovative public health scheme. You could win awards!!!

Amy Emmerson

10:56 on 23 Aug 2019

If I knew then what I am experiencing now I would do them every day.

Pauline Singleton

8:32 on 23 Aug 2019

Having suffered from pelvic pain and knowing how the NHS provide very little support for pregnant and post-natal women in pain I fully support this request. I didn't know I was doing pelvic floor exercises wrong for 2 years until I saw a private physiotherapist. Advice like this could have made a difference. Too many women suffer in silence.

Elise Rayner

15:29 on 20 Aug 2019

Early prevention is so much better than curing and can be so life affecting if we get it wrong! This is the kind of stuff young women genuinely don't know about until it is too late.

Tamara Gill

11:36 on 20 Aug 2019

Well done Elaine . This has to be added. Pelvic floor is very important... would've loved this information when i was younger .

Grainne Brady

0:06 on 07 Aug 2019

Many years have passed since I had wee (!) ones. I really wished someone had promoted this, way back then. Older I get more I dread getting a cold for fear of coughing or sneezing..lets get the younger generation educated in this important subject.

Irene Archibald

22:13 on 06 Aug 2019

I can understand why there would be any reason not to include this information in the baby box. It effects thousands if women and this information would really help. The baby box would be a perfect way to disseminate the information.

Jen Downie

15:30 on 05 Aug 2019

It is essential that stress incontinence in new mums is recognised as a public health emergency and contributes to post natal depression. Organisations like Tena continue to make huge profits from NHSS when the problem can be addressed at clinic.

Denise MacLean

19:15 on 28 Jul 2019

Having had two children I was really surprised that issue was not discussed at all prior to birth & not really focused on after birth. For long term health it is really vital

Hal Osler

13:07 on 28 Jul 2019

Great idea. I wish this advice had been more widely available when I was a new mum!

Susan Morrison

12:32 on 28 Jul 2019

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