Making Normal Birth A Reality

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Ob-gyn and midwife organizations in the UK are endorsing a new consensus report calling for action to increase rates of ‘normal birth’ where appropriate in order to minimize morbidity and complication rates.

The 8-page document, Making Normal Birth A Reality, was developed by members of the Maternity Care Working Party, an independent multidisciplinary body that campaigns for improvements in maternity care. The document is endorsed by the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of Midwives, the National Childbirth Trust, and other organizations.

he report, which is available via the website of the RCOG, also calls for government action to fund further research about best practice in relation to normal birth and to provide financial and regulatory incentives, and education and training, to enable the recommendations above to be implemented rapidly within the health service.