The news that all women are going to have the right to Caesareans, regardless of medical need, worries me.
Not because I don’t believe it’s a woman’s right to choose how she gives birth: I do. And as someone who had a traumatic delivery experience I can totally understand that some women just don’t feel able to give birth vaginally.
But the reason it worries me is because of the potential impact on the NHS. It’s already overstretched. Can it really cope with more and more women demanding what is, essentially, an operation, with all the staff that entails?
And is it really not possible to help women to give birth vaginally without making it a traumatic experience?
I’d love to hear your views.