United Kingdom midwives back down on natural childbirth advice

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 12, 2017

Midwives are backing down on their decade-long campaign for natural childbirth - because they say it makes women feel like failures, the Daily Mail reports.

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.

Professor Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, denied the campaign had compromised safety, but told The Times it would be ended.

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.

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 added: "What we don't want to do is in any way contribute to any sense that a woman has failed because she hasn't had a normal birth".

Prof Warwick said she does not believe midwives would have understood the campaign as meaning that normal birth should be pushed for beyond the point of safety.

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