Debate over C-section rule

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READERS have given their views after it emerged pregnant women would no longer be routinely offered planned caesarean births unless there is a greater health risk.

The restrictions, which came into force in Derbyshire and other counties in 2010 hit the national headlines last week, and reported as a cost-cutting crackdown on those “too posh to push”.

But Dr Bruce Laurence – deputy director of public health for NHS Derbyshire said: “We would like to reassure patients that caesarean sections will continue to be available to women on the NHS as sometimes the medical benefits for the procedure outweigh the risks.

“This includes all emergency caesareans and any planned sections for women whose health or baby would be at greater risk from having a natural delivery.”

Some commentators have said women should have the right to choose how their baby is born.

But on the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook fan page, members agreed with the move to only perform C-sections with a medical or clinical reason. Emily Barrie said: “I had cholestasis while pregnant with my son in 2008, Chesterfield Royal told me a C-section would be an absolute last resort, and I was considered high risk.

“C-sections should be used for those who are in medical need, not for those who can’t be bothered with labour or would rather have one for whatever reason. Our NHS is stretched enough without people purposefully wasting its resources.” Laura Spirelass Batterham added: “Why put yourself through the risk of what is a major op for not wanting to push? Big news, pushing and giving birth hurts, but you recover from a natural childbirth a lot more speedily than you do a C-section.”

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