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Leigh East talks to BBC Coventry – Antenatal education may let women down

Following my article for the BBC I was interviewed by BBC Coventry for a debate on whether antenatal education prepares women effectively for caesarean birth. I was asked why I thought women need to know more about caesareans “Women need … Continue reading

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Antenatal advice may ‘perpetuate C-section myths’

With over half of UK births involving intervention, I believe women need to know more about their options so they can assess the risks for themselves and play an active role in the direction of their labour. Unfortunately some antenatal … Continue reading

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Check out your hospital using Patient Opinion

Founded in 2005 Patient Opinion is a UK non-profit feedback platform for health services. It enables patients to share their experiences and opinions of the health services they have used. It is a quick and useful way to find out about … Continue reading

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Maternal requests should be supported within the NHS

NICE have issued (subject to typo corrections) the new version of the Caesarean Section Guideline. There have been a number of significant steps forward in this version. In particular the following: “Recommendation 38: For all women requesting a CS, if … Continue reading

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Chairman of NHS Alliance apologises for mis-use of WHO target figure

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) OLD caesarean target rate of 15% (retracted 2 years ago) is unfortunately still in circulation and now being used to explain the decision by some PCTs to ban maternal request caeseareans. I contacted Dr Michael … Continue reading

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Leigh East talks to Look North – Caesarean Ban

Talking once again about PCTs intention to ban planned caesareans that have no medical need. TV – a rather nerve-racking but worthwhile experience. Much of the debate centred around the idea that maternal requests were a selfish choice taking money … Continue reading

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Leigh East talking to BBC York – Caesarean ban

Interviewed by BBC Radio York for a debate on PCTs banning planned caesareans where there is no medical need (in at 35 minutes). Useful comments later in the programme from independent midwife Chris Warren. The majority of the debate centred … Continue reading

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“There is no target for the rate of caesarean sections in England”

The Department of Health confirmed today that “there is no target for the rate of caesarean sections in England.” and it “never set an official target for caesarean sections, believing instead that focusing on promoting ‘normal’ is the best way … Continue reading

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Leigh East talking to BBC Tees – Caesarean Ban

I was interviewed by BBC Tees as part of a debate on PCTs banning planned caesareans where there is no medical need (in at 1 hour 40 minutes). “Women have the right to make an informed choice about they way … Continue reading

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Leigh East talks on ITV’s Daybreak – Caesarean bans

An interesting experience if somewhat frustrating. Why have a guest on if the celebrity Dr is going to hold forth and talk over you. You live and learn. Thankfully I managed to make a few points, which will hopefully help … Continue reading

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