NHS England Sets Aside Limit on Number of Caesarean Births
Previously, maternity units were encouraged to promote births by natural process and keep the rate of caesarean section at about 20%.
However, this has changed after an NHS Trust was criticized for poor maternity care. The NHS Trust in question is the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust which is currently being investigated for almost 2000 maternity incidents.
In a letter seen by BBC News, maternity staff have now been told to treat cases based on the individuals while following the guidelines set out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which allows women to opt for a planned Caesarean even if it is not for medical reasons.
What is a Caesarean birth?
A Caesarean birth can be defined as when a baby is delivered through a surgical cut into the abdomen and womb.
There are three categories of caesarean births:
- Elective - Here the mother makes the decision to undergo the procedure
- Planned - Usually for medical reasons, where scans have shown that either the baby is in the wrong position or very large
- Emergency- Where there are complications during labour
Current statistics show that more than one out of every four babies born in England is delivered by either elective or emergency Caesarean.
NHS England chief midwife Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent and clinical director for women's health Dr Matthew Joly said in the letter expressed concerns that trusts were focusing on hitting targets rather than improving maternity care.
"We therefore ask all maternity services to stop using total Caesarean section rates as a means of performance management, as we are concerned by the potential for services to pursue targets that may be clinically inappropriate and unsafe in individual cases," the letter says.
Before now, Hospitals had been following advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, given in 2012 encouraging natural birth.
RCOG vice-president Dr Jo Mountfield okayed the decision to end target-driven clinical decision making for Caesarean births, saying that there are certain benefits and risks associated with the targets which should be discussed with women as they choose how they wish to give birth.
In His words, "Women and people giving birth should feel supported and their choices should be respected."
As at last year, the Health and Social Care Committee found out that 1,000 more babies a year would survive if there were safer maternity services in England. As a result, the government announced that £2m was being put into research to spot early signs of distress.
The committee had found out that Maternity Units were improving but deaths of newborns remained alarmingly high.
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