A major UK hospital has banned women from having caesareans unless there is a medical reason.
Oxford University Hospitals will no longer offer them to women who are frightened or have had previous traumatic births.
Some women have reportedly had to travel miles to other hospitals to give birth while their families stay in local hotels, reports Daily Mail.
The Hospital trust’s policy breaches guidelines from health watchdog Nice, which say women should be allowed a caesarean without a medical reason once the risks and benefits have been explained.
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Some women are anxious about natural birth or have endured previous traumatic labours they don’t want to repeat.
The hospital trust still offers caesareans to women in an emergency, if they are having twins or triplets, or have a medical condition which makes natural childbirth riskier.
A spokesman for the Birth Trauma Association charity said: ‘This policy is a breach, not only of Nice guidelines, but of common humanity. We suspect the policy is driven by an ill-conceived desire to save money.’
However Oxford University Hospitals said its decision was ‘not related to targets but to good practice and reducing harm to women’.
The trust’s Dr Veronica Miller said: ‘A caesarean section which is not clinically indicated may have serious consequences for a woman and her baby.’
Caesareans take longer to recover from than natural births. The wound may cause severe pain and some women need to be in hospital for three or four days.
Hello! This totally goes against all women’s rights, surely?!?
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