United Kingdom midwives back down on natural childbirth advice

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 12, 2017

Three decades ago, 60 per cent of women gave birth naturally.

The Royal College of Midwives' campaign had run since 2005, promoting birth without medical intervention, such as an emergency caesarean.

Professor Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, denied the campaign had compromised safety, but told The Times it would be ended.

But they will no longer be told they should have babies without this intervention. "Unfortunately that seems to be how some women feel".

The campaign drew criticism after an inquiry into the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the Morecambe Bay trust between 2004 and 2013. The assumption, driven in part by advice from midwives, has been that a natural birth is somehow superior.

For 12 years the RCM, midwives' professional and representative body, has campaigned, as a...

She said: "We would make absolutely sure under the better births initiative that we did use language and terminology that prevented people from thinking that we're going out there saying to midwives, "You need to get a normal birth at all costs". Doctors have welcomed the change in language.

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