Midwives set to drop campaign for natural 'normal births'

Midwives | Analysis August 12 2017 12:01am The Times How the cult of normal became mainstream Chris Smyth

Midwives | Analysis August 12 2017 12:01am The Times How the cult of normal became mainstream Chris Smyth

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". 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.

Currently, around 40% of mothers give birth without medical interventions.

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".

An inquiry into the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the Morecambe Bay trust between 2004 and 2013 found midwives' desire for normal births "at any cost" had contributed to unsafe deliveries. "Unfortunately that seems to be how some women feel". She denied that the policy had compromised safety.

The midwives, who dubbed themselves "the musketeers", closed ranks against doctors, believing "in all sincerity they were processing the agenda as dictated at the time to uphold normality".

Midwives, will instead, start to use the term "physiological births" to describe those without interventions.

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