Monday, May 23, 2011

New guidelines on NHS Caesareans published by NICE

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has started the process of updating its guidance on caesarean births with more emphasis on explaining to women what the risks and alternatives are.
The guidelines are up for consultation at present. They propose that women who have multiple C-sections should be informed that their risk of bladder damage etc is as high as if they have a vaginal delivery.
So...they aren't told now?
The guidelines also suggest that a woman who says she wants a CS because she is terrified of labour should be referred to an appropriate healthcare professional to talk over her fears.
So...there are doctors who simply say, "yes, absolutely" and book a woman in for major abdominal surgery without a thought for what mental torment might have brought her to this point?
Rather revealing.

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