Thank you for clarifying.I have asked our director, Lynne Archer about this, who says:
"I have talked to the staff in our Guild membership office and no one recalls advising a member about this matter. Usually all questions that are treatment and insurance related are referred to myself to answer personally. We can offer our members insurance cover to carry out treatments on pregnant clients as long as the client remains fit and healthy throughout their pregnancy. I totally agree that pregnancy is not an illness. However, if the client advises you that she has a history of problems e.g. miscarriages then you should not offer treatment without GP's written consent. Also if the pregnant client has advised you that she has developed certain medical conditions during the pregnancy that are contra-indications to the treatment that she has requested, they must obtain a letter from their GP prior to offering treatment. Waxing of any kind can be carried out on a healthy pregnant client, but this can be a little tricky as the pregnancy progresses as the "bump" can get in the way and the client can be uncomfortable. Pregnant clients must not be allowed to lie on their backs for too long. You really need to use a level of common sense to know if it is going to be possible to carry out the treatment safely and effectively."
Im totally confused now as I spoke to Karen at BABTAC last week and she said that its completely ok to wax clients . Im defo calling back next week !!After reading this thread i had a check though my insurance documents.
I'm with BABTAC and in their policy it states that; 'in respect of enlighten, do not undertake treatment of clients who may be pregnant'
Seriously, this just seems ridiculous. For starters, anyone who is of childbearing age MAY be pregnant anyway!
So looks like i either have to cancel out my already pregnant clients and refuse all other existing ones as soon as they fall pregnant, or look for another insurance company asap!
Not related to pregnancy but BABTAC also state that anyone under the age of 16 must have parental consent, which is sensible, however, further on in the policy it states that 'in respect of enlighten, do not undertake treatment of clients who are under the age of 16'.
So does that mean that you are not insured for those under 16, regardless of consent?
I will be ringing first thing Monday to check this out.
I agree totally. I would just lift the head of the bed slightly as advised by a midwife client. All worrying and confusing isn't it.She told me to wax a pregnant lady as you would a non pregnant lady obviously making sure there comfortable at all times. Clarification is defo needed for all of us whoever were're insured with me thinks....
Funny how we all read things differently as I took the term 'enlighten' to mean 'educate' as in 'Let me enlighten you. Who knows!After speaking to BABTAC today im still none the wiser.
Lady I spoke to didn't know what was meant by the term 'in enlighten', checked with management and still not sure so said she assumed it meant that enlighten was the name of a beauty treatment involving light. Lady then said that you CAN wax clients that are pregnant, but not in first trimester. When I asked where it stated this in policy, it turns out it's not in policy and when I asked for it in writing for records I was told that I could not have it in writing and I would have to speak to Balens.
I was then forwarded to Balens, who insurance policy is provided by, to get confirmation.
Lady at Balens also didn't know what the term enlighten meant and did not know if they cover pregnancy either, so has asked for query in writing and will be getting back to me asap.
Both ladies I spoke to were lovely but still no better off than before
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