Are You Too Posh To Push?

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You may have read that under new draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), the NHS should give pregnant women the right to elect to have a caesarean section, even where there is no medical need.  The reason being NICE feel that caesareans have become so safe that every woman should be given an informed choice to give birth surgically.

The idea has of course opened a very emotive debate amongst women, with some extremes suggesting that all those ‘too posh to push’ are doing themselves out of a ‘real’ birth. Quotes like these completely detract from the real issue that all women should to be able to make an informed choice about birth that is right for them.

Whatever your own experience the fact is many women are scared of childbirth and find it comforting that they could opt for a c-section during their pregnancy and labour.

On the other side of the coin, I’m hoping that if these guidelines become a reality (and it looks likely the cost may well scupper the plans), the idea that a caesarean is the ‘easy’ option will be squashed once and for all. As anyone who has a caesarean will tell you, a c-section does not equal a less painful birth. Aside from the fact that it’s a major operation, the recovery is brutal, especially if you’re coping alone, or have other kids to look after.

When I was pregnant the information I received leaned so much towards a natural birth that had I been given the option of a c-section during labour I would have been completely unprepared for it. Which is why I think given the right information most women wouldn’t opt for a c-section. Not because they feel they have to do it naturally but because the reality has nothing to do with being ‘too posh to push’.

But what do you think? Will letting women choose for themselves open the c-section floodgates? Do you wish you’d been given the choice? Or do you feel women should always be encouraged to try for a natural birth? Let me know.

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4 Responses to Are You Too Posh To Push?

  1. Anita says:

    Just heard it costs £800 per Caesarean so not sure that this will get the go ahead simply for funding reasons alone.

  2. Lisa says:

    I agree that pregnant women are almost brainwashed into thinking that a Caesarian birth is somehow a failure or an admission of defeat rather than what it is – simply a necessary and welcome life-saving operation. It’s not about choice, it’s about what is medically safest for the mother and her baby

  3. Kelly says:

    I agree that their are people who haven’t had c section believe its the easier option I have friends believe that and tell me on a regular amount of times got the easy way out cause I had a c section. I think if there was a choice and more explain about the natural way and c section it be less daunting to us mothers and they would lean more towards natural birth. people have to remember that c section is major op and I found it very hard being a single mum and going through the labour then a major op and having to deal with a baby that your not meant to pick up, I could go up a set of stairs for a month, you have to be so careful not to burst your stitches and the pain truly is unbearable I can remember on main times I was crying with pain. I truly believe if there was more money into midwife and more time with programming the labour and how it going then it can prevent the pain and upset of emergency c section. They leave some people to long before its a have to instead of a choice.

  4. Emma says:

    I know a few mums who had emergency csections and who actually wanted next time around to experience a “normal delivery”. As you say Anita it may well help move this ridiculous perception that c-sections are an easy choice. If the move also means better information given to pregnant women before labour then I am all for it.


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