A report on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has today revealed new research showing the inconsistency across the NHS regarding the option for women to choose a caesarean section rather than a vaginal birth.

Research undertaken by the charity, Birthrights, has shown that, whereas some NHS Trusts give the mother the option of an elective caesarean section birth, some do not give the mother that choice at all.

Denying a mother the chance to have her baby by caesarean section if she is fully informed of the implications is contrary to the guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which state the following:

‘For women requesting a CS, if after discussion and offer of support (including perinatal mental health support for women with anxiety about childbirth), a vaginal birth is still not an acceptable option, offer a planned CS.’

Unfortunately, the research has shown that 15% of NHS Trusts do not give the mother the right to an elective caesarean section.

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