Royal College of Midwives to end campaign to promote 'normal births'

Evrard Martin
Août 12, 2017

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

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

Despite the rise in older and heavier mothers in recent years, which means more complications during birth, the college has up until now argued that more women should be giving birth without interventions.

The inquiry found the desire for natural deliveries at any cost among midwives had contributed to unsafe births.

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.

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

Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it is important to stress that "no woman should be made to feel their birth experience is "abnormal" because they needed to have an intervention".

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