Childbirth: Nature should be allowed to take its course

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It was imperative to allow nature to take its course and keep childbirth as normal as possible ...

Welsh consultant midwife Grace Thomas said there should not be any medical interventions unless they were absolutely necessary.

Interventions ... were like a line of dominos - when one fell, it brought all the others tumbling down.

There have been concerns locally about a high rate of inductions for childbirth ...

"If you induce labour ... it leads to further interventions ...

"Some women do need interventions and it is very important that they are available. But it is imperative to minimise interventions so that women have the chance to give birth normally," ...

... women had the right to information which could allow them to make an informed choice. They should also be able to have an active participation in decision-taking during labour ...

It's important that all births are allowed to proceed naturally: that midwives are skilled at supporting, promoting and protecting natural labour, and that our birth facilities are supportive of natural labour in their design, equipment, policies and staffing. There must be a valid reason to interfere with the normal processes of pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448