Midwives set to drop campaign for natural 'normal births'

Midwives set to drop campaign for natural 'normal births'

Currently, around 40% of mothers give birth without medical interventions.

RCM executive Prof Cathy Warwick denied the "campaign for normal birth" had compromised safety by making midwives shut doctors out of labour.

The latest figures reveal four in 10 women give birth naturally, without caesarean, induction, instruments or epidural. There are great benefits to birth without interventions, but they should be pursued in a way that is sensitive to every woman's situation, not as an article of faith.

She told The Times: "What we don't want to do is in any way contribute to any sense that a woman has failed because she hasn't had a normal birth".

The campaign drew criticism after an inquiry into the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the Morecambe Bay trust between 2004 and 2013.

Professor Warwick argued that the college was not to blame, saying she was sceptical that any midwife would have taken their normal birth campaign to mean "this is telling me I must push normal birth beyond the point of safety".

For 12 years the RCM, midwives' professional and representative body, has campaigned, as a...