Grazia view: hands off our births

hands off our births!

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It emerged last week that 74% of UK hos­pi­tals don’t fol­low NICE guide­lines on of­fer­ing women Cae­sare­ans if they re­quest them. Ac­cord­ing to pres­sure group Birthrights, 15% of NHS trusts refuse elec­tive C-sec­tions out­right. Af­ter a month of de­bate over birth one-up­man­ship fol­low­ing Eng­land star Harry Kane prais­ing his fi­ancée for giv­ing birth with­out pain re­lief, it was yet another re­minder of the pres­sure on women to have nat­u­ral births, what­ever the cost. When will we end the loaded con­ver­sa­tions around child­birth, im­ply­ing women are fail­ing if they don’t do it a cer­tain way? Let’s cel­e­brate birth in all its forms, free of shame and stigma.

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