Funny figures from WHO on caesareans

An excellent example of how to really assess a scientific paper.

The World Health Organisation suggested that women ‘too posh to push’ were 3 times more at risk of death or other complications than those experiencing a vaginal birth. Nigel Hawkes of Straight Statistics looks at the details and finds “WHO believes too many caesareans are done without proper cause. But in interpreting these data, the authors appear to have bent over backwards to prove the point – a classic illustration of White Hat bias. The findings should be ignored.”

Book contributors – many thanks for your support

A wonderful network of specialists – midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists, have participated in the development of my book. I am confident everything you read is accurate and based on up-to-date research.

My thanks to:

  • Dr Philip J Steer BSc, MD, RCOG Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London, Consultant Obstetrician, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London
  • Fiona Knox MB ChB, FRCA, MD – Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Debbie Rhodes Registered Midwife RM (Hons)
    www.independentbirth.com
  • Dr Lena M. Crichton, Consultant Obstetrician Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
  • Dr Bryan Beattie MD FRCOG – Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Director of Innermost Secrets Ltd, Cardiff
  • Dr Fiona Schneider FRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Kim Hughes BSc (Hons) Registered Midwife RM www.yorkstorks.co.uk
  • Maureen Treadwell – Co-founder of the Birth Trauma Association
  • Penny Christensen – Executive Director Birth Trauma Canada
  • Chris Warren – Registered Midwife RM www.yorkstorks.co.uk
  • Christa Greenacre – NCT teacher (retired)
  • Professor James Drife FRCOG

‘Groundbreaking’ – book review

“This book is seriously good. It contains pretty much everything that a mother to be would need to know about caesarean birth and presents the wealth of carefully researched facts in a really practical way. It addresses the issues without any agenda other than to put women and their partners in the best position to make choices and have informed (and therefore empowered) discussions with the professionals. Every aspect is covered with total respect for the fact that every woman will have her own preferences, hopes and fears concerning the possibility of a Caesarean. There is not the slightest hint of any prejudice about what type of birth a woman ought to prefer. There is a chapter for partners too. It is written in a very lucid and straightforward style. If you are wondering which book to buy about Caesareans, get this one!” by Ms Knox Amazon reviewer talking about Caesarean Birth: A positive approach to preparation and recovery