Women won't be told to give birth naturally

Women will no longer be told that they should have babies without medical intervention

Women will no longer be told that they should have babies without medical interventionCHRISTOPHER FURLONG GETTY IMAGES

Since the 1960s advocates of "natural" birth have been pitted against defenders of medical intervention.

But they will no longer be told they should have babies without this intervention.

But she conceded that it had "created the wrong idea" and would be ended.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been running a continuous campaign since 2005 to encourage expectant mothers to give birth without medical interventions such as; epidurals, inductions and caesareans.

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"What we don't want to do is in any way contribute to any sense that a woman has failed because she hasn't had a normal birth. Unfortunately that seems to be how some women feel".

Prof Warwick said she does not believe midwives would have understood the campaign as meaning that normal birth should be pushed for beyond the point of safety.

However, the college reviewed its campaign following the scandal, and Professor Warwick has since concluded that it must be replaced by a broader "better births initiative" of professional advice for midwives.

Midwives, will instead, start to use the term "physiological births" to describe those without interventions. Doctors have welcomed the change in language.

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