Women won't be told to give birth naturally

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 12, 2017

Three decades ago, 60 per cent of women gave birth naturally. Since the 1960s advocates of "natural" birth have been pitted against defenders of medical intervention. There are great benefits to birth without interventions, but they should be pursued in a way that is sensitive to every woman's situation, not as an article of faith.

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

Women will no longer be told that they should give birth naturally and without medical intervention after the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) confirmed it will be dropping its so called "campaign for normal birth".

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Despite the rise in older and heavier mothers in recent years, which means more complications during birth, the college has up until now argued that more women should be giving birth without interventions.

The initiative also came under scrutiny following the inquiry into the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the Morecambe Bay trust, which found midwives" desire for "normal births' had contributed to unsafe deliveries. Doctors have welcomed the change in language.

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