… READ THEM.
I cannot stress this enough. Here is the link. Read them if you’re interested, if it affects you or if you have an opinion. When you’ve read them, then come back and say it is all going to be a catastrophe for the NHS.
I already knew that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) were about to update their guidelines on c-sections for pregnant women. I wrote about it for iVillage, with regards to my own experiences and why the updated guidelines were welcome for women like me. In my article, I pointed out that one of the most important recommendations in the document, for me, was the need for:
intervention for evaluation [including] ‘psychological outcomes (postnatal depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-esteem, mother–infant bonding)’ and cites a previous traumatic birth as a major reason for a section being a reasonable choice. It also states that these women should be offered ‘intensive midwifery support’ and referrals to mental health professionals.
For me, the fact that medical professionals are being encourage to counsel women on their reasons for wanting a c-section, is a massive deal. It also means that most of the views I have heard from the media today are complete rubbish.
For the sake of selling a story, the media are choosing to tell us that all women can choose a c-section and that’s the end of it. Yes, that would cost the NHS a lot of money. If it was that simple. It isn’t. NICE are suggesting that women be assessed for emotional well-being and psychological factors. NICE are suggesting that counselling is the first option for women like me, in order to fully understand the reasons behind our decision to have a c-section.
Women like me are only too aware that a c-section is a major operation. You don’t need to remind us of that. I’ve been there, I have the scars. Women like me are not intent on avoiding pain or keeping a ‘nice, undisturbed set of privates’ as someone has accused me today. Women like me are not out to rip off the NHS. We are simply asking for help. NICE are showing that we are being listened to and that is the reason why the new guidelines are so important.
Today a male doctor was speaking on the radio and he started his sentence with the words :”If I were a young mother about to give birth…” and I have to admit that instantly my stomach sank. Then he finished with: “I would be more worried about being a good parent than the birth because it is such a small part of it all.”
Yes, for most women it is. But for some, like me, childbirth is a massive chain around our necks. If we get the chance to speak out, to be listened to and to nurture self-confidence in the art of childbirth then that could change. But it will never be a small thing: instead, it will be bigger than ever, only in a good way.
Today, one excellent article has been published that was written by a lady who has always been one of the first to provide me with support and guidance. Lorraine Berry has written for Dadclubz and her article raises many good points. Please take a read. It makes a lot more sense than the women on radio one this evening…