PRESS RELEASE for this first ever annual appreciation of a medical intervention that has saved the lives, and protected the quality of lives, of countless mothers and babies worldwide (August 13th – 19th).

With special thanks to the charities and doctors who are supporting this celebration, including:Supporters logos

Day 1 – Maternal Satisfaction

Day 2 – Healing Birth

Day 3Saving Lives

Day 4Prophylactic Planning

Day 5Medical Advances

Day 6Pelvic Floor Protection

Day 7Maternal Choice

Also thank you to all the mothers who have responded to this short survey (>300 so far), which aims to capture examples of positive caesarean birth experiences.

This week provides an opportunity to reflect on, appreciate and celebrate the many positive stories and experiences of caesarean birth around the world, to appreciate the skills of competent obstetricians, to challenge the automatic stigma that is often associated with surgical birth, and to rethink the assumption that surgery is always an “adverse outcome”.

I hope you will join us in celebrating with all the families who are forever grateful that this medical intervention is available, and whose mothers and children might not be here today without it. We also celebrate maternal autonomy, where it exists, with all birth plan risks and benefits discussed, allowing women to make their own informed decision.

Thank you!