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Caesarean Birth Publications and Submissions

Also see Journal PublicationsNice Guidance (Stakeholder Work) and Communication

News Article (June 25)
UCalgary News
Requests for caesarean birth brushed aside, despite guidelines to respect maternal choices

News Article (June 24)
The Conversation Canada
Requests for caesarean birth brushed aside, despite guidelines to respect maternal choices

Invited Evidence Submission (May 10)
Health and Social Care Committee Expert Panel: evaluation of the Government’s commitments in the area of maternity services in England.
Caesarean Birth – submission (TBC)

Consultation Submission (September 16)
Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry into the Safety of Maternity Services in England.
Caesarean Birth – submission MSE0035

– Report (September 8)
Five Years of Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Inspections (2013-2018)
Part 1: Target Rates ‘Caesarean Rates and Promoting Normality’

– Consultation Submission
(May 10)
Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) public consultation (details here)

– Inquiry Submission 
(June 29)
Parliament of Australia Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education Inquiry
Caesarean Birth – submission #67 

Consultation Submission (May 26)
UK Department of Health’s A Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for Severe Avoidable Birth Injury – submission; full consultation details here

– Inquiry Submission (January 17)
UK Health Committee’s Maternity Services Inquiry following publication of the National Maternity Review report ‘Better Births – written evidence MS10035; full list of evidence here

– Inquiry Submission (September 7)
UK Science and Technology Committee’s Science Communication Inquiry – written evidence COM0019; full list of evidence here

 News Article (October 19)
National Health Executive
Pauline M Hull – Caesarean rates don’t indicate quality of care and targets are dangerous

 Press Release (June 11) – New NICE Quality Standard Reinforces Support for Maternal Request Caesareans and Mothers’ Satisfaction with Maternity Care

 Press Release (August 24) – New RCOG guidance urges CCGs to increase births without epidurals and reduce caesarean rates to 20%

– Consultation Submission (October 3)
UK Government White Paper Equality and Excellence: liberating the NHS – submission; also forwarded to Department of Health Professional Advisor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Heather Mellows FRCOG and Jeremy Hunt MP

– Press Release (December 28) – Planned Cesarean Delivery Offers Protection Against Pelvic Floor Disorders

– Press Release (October 26)
Medical News Today
Coalition for Childbirth Autonomy – WHO Admits: There Is No Evidence For Recommending A 10-15% Caesarean Limit

News Article (October 7)
Pauline M Hull – WHO Finally Admits – the ‘Optimum Rate [of Caesarean Section] Is Unknown’ and ‘There Is No Empirical Evidence’ for Its 1985 Recommendation of 10-15%; first seen in Irish Times report

Edited Column (March 27)
The Valley Voice, Pennsylvania, USA

Press Release (October 29)
Coalition for Childbirth Autonomy – Birth Group, CCA, Calls on WHO to Re-examine ‘Outdated and Unsafe’ 10-15% Recommended Cesarean Rate

Article (February 26)
Pauline M Hull – CDMR: We can’t see the wood for the trees

Survey Results (February 26) – 56% of expectant mums want a cesarean ‘through their own choice’

Magazine Article (May 2)
Pauline M Hull – Elective cesarean choice – The choice exists, it is legitimate, and it is here to stay

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