The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on caesarean guidelines, after a near three-fold increase in the last 30 years.

Despite the rising popularity, some research has indicated that caesarean sections are riskier than natural births, and women may have to stay in hospital longer than those who have normal deliveries.

One of the big reasons given for the rise in caesarean sections is the fear of natural birth. As part of their proposals, NICE want to offer psychiatric counselling to would be mums so they can discuss their fears before making a decision.

The consultation has been welcomed by the Royal College of Midwives. Jane Munro, the RCM's quality and audit development advisor, said: "The RCM welcomes the consultation on the draft of this updated guideline and is looking forward to discussing it with our members. We are particularly pleased to see the focus on an appropriate discussion of the risks and benefits of caesarean section and the importance of the psychological needs of women and their possible fears about birth."

 

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