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New guidance on childbirth

26th September 2007

New NHS guidelines for England and Wales have decreed that women must have greater control over not just where they give birth but how they do so.

The document states that women must have the option as to where they give birth: at home, in a midwife-led, or a consultant-led unit.

Intervention should be kept to a minimum in hospital but women who want a medicalised birth must be offered one and adequate pain relief, including epidurals, must be available.

Andrea Sutcliffe of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), said: “We want to make sure every woman’s experience of birth is as good as it can be and have used the best available evidence to set a national standard on how midwives and doctors can make labour a positive experience for women.?

A key guideline is that all women in established labour receive supportive one-to-one care if they want it. The recommendation is aimed at addressing the complaint that many women in labour feel they are left on their own.

Improved communication between woman and hospital staff is described as being at the heart of the new recommendations with birth plans read and discussed. Women may be asked to labour longer under the new guidelines but expectant mums should also have the opportunity to labour in water.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists welcomed the guidelines and supported the notion of choice.

“However, for some women, hospitals remain the safest place to deliver,? a spokesman said.


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charles linskaill

Thursday 27th September 2007 @ 0:15

Its 'not-before-time' that Women 'have-their-say' at this very special time in their life. For all too long now, I think Women feel pressurised into taking drugs and procedures they don't want in childbirth many of which lead to a long or complicated birth, just because it suited the Doctors, not the Mother!
Funny, though! My wife and I discussed birth not so long ago, what she wanted, if we ever 'have-our-baby' (fertility-prob),
She is adamant that she is going to have a 'water-birth' and that was years before this report came out!

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