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Charge for non-medical Caesareans

29th September 2011

Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has said that women who choose to have a Caesarean for non-medical reasons may have to pay for the operation.

He is launching a consultation on a review of maternity services and women at low risk will be encouraged to consider having their baby in a midwife-led unit or at home, if appropriate. Figures show that around 30% of deliveries in Northern Ireland are by Caesarean section, the highest level in the UK and Ireland.

 

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