Why UK midwives are back-pedalling on natural childbirth

2019-03-02 06:01:07

Randy Faris/Corbis/Getty For decades, women have been encouraged to give birth naturally – that means avoiding all medicines and interventions, including continuous monitoring of the baby’s heart rate and caesarean sections. But now, several events suggest the pendulum is swinging back the other way. In May, the UK’s Royal College of Midwives (RCM) quietly cancelled a long-standing campaign to promote natural births. Separately,