Midwives set to drop campaign for natural 'normal births'

UK midwives back down on natural childbirth advice

UK midwives back down on natural childbirth advice

Since the 1960s advocates of "natural" birth have been pitted against defenders of medical intervention.

RCM executive Prof Cathy Warwick denied the "campaign for normal birth" had compromised safety by making midwives shut doctors out of labour. 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.

She admitted, however, that it had "created the wrong idea" and would be ended.

She told the paper: "There was a danger that if you just talk about normal births, and particularly if you call it a campaign, it kind of sounds as if you're only interested in women who have a vaginal birth without intervention".

MIDWIVES have dropped their 12-year campaign for "normal births", saying that it made women feel like failures. "Unfortunately that seems to be how some women feel".

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been running a continuous campaign since 2005 to encourage expectant mothers to give birth without medical interventions such as; epidurals, inductions and caesareans.

It found that the midwives' desire for normal births "at any cost" had contributed to the unsafe deliveries.

However, the college reviewed its campaign following the scandal, and Professor Warwick has since concluded that it must be replaced by a broader "better births initiative" of professional advice for midwives.

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