Category Archives: csections commentary

Clinical Director NHS England says – stop focusing on CS rates!

For too long, healthcare providers have been concentrating on optimum caesarean rates, this despite the fact that nearly 10 years ago the World Health Organisation retracted their recommendations as there was “no empirical evidence for an optimum percentage”. Now the … Continue reading

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Vaginal seeding – a safe fad?

Some women seem to be taking matters into their own hands when attempting to address the issue of whether or not a caesarean birth places babies at a disadvantage in the development of their microbiome (the colonisation of their gut … Continue reading

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Women’s requests are being turned down

In 2011 the UK National Institution for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that women be allowed to make a request for a caesarean delivery, even in the absence of any recognised medical need. Despite this, a recent Freedom on Information request … Continue reading

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Birth Plans

Flexibility is key! You may have lots of ideas and preferences but they need to be just that – preferences. “…have a plan A, have a plan B, go down to a plan G or K if you need to.” … Continue reading

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Call the Midwife star opts for planned caesarean

FANTASTIC! A well known TV star (Helen George) from Call the Midwife has revealed she made a positive, informed decision to have a caesarean in an NHS hospital, stating it should be a valid choice for any woman. “Helen George … Continue reading

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RCM no longer promoting ‘normal’ birth!

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have announced they are ending their decade long campaign promoting ‘normal’ birth. ABOUT TIME TOO! The campaign no doubt grew out of good intentions, in particular encouraging a return to more natural births. But … Continue reading

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Do women want to know the CS rate in their hospital?

The surprising results of a recent study suggests they don’t want to know. The study looked at women with low risk pregnancies who were planning a vaginal birth the majority of whom did not want a caesarean delivery if there … Continue reading

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NCT and WI survey women’s experiences of birth and postntal care

The NCT and WI commissioned a survey in 2013 to understand women’s perception of their birth and postnatal experiences. As a result of that survey they have launched a national campaign for 2017 targetting ‘red flag events’ called ‘Support Overdue’ … Continue reading

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Maternity litigation cost the NHS 450 Million in 2014/5

“Every year in England there are almost 700,000 live births. In 2012/13, the associated maternity care cost the NHS around £2.6 billion. Having a baby is the most common reason for a hospital admission, but maternity is a unique area … Continue reading

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Competitive Exhaustion

This destructive habit can cause significant problems between couples. Both feel that their daily life is the most difficult and that the other just doesn’t understand. It is easy to then let resentment fester under the surface and spend valuable … Continue reading

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