Women won't be told to give birth naturally

UK midwives back down on natural childbirth advice

Midwives drop 12-year natural childbirth campaign as it made women 'feel like failures'

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".

Mums will not be told they should give birth without medical intervention, the Royal College of Midwives has said in an overhaul of "misleading" professional guidance. 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.

MIDWIVES have dropped their 12-year campaign for "normal births", saying that it made women feel like failures.

Their drive attracted criticism following an inquiry into the death of 11 babies and one mother at Morecambe Bay Trust between 2004 and 2013. She denied that the policy had compromised safety. "Unfortunately that seems to be how some women feel". The assumption, driven in part by advice from midwives, has been that a natural birth is somehow superior.

She said: "We would make absolutely sure under the better births initiative that we did use language and terminology that prevented people from thinking that we're going out there saying to midwives, "You need to get a normal birth at all costs".

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