County mums support campaign for natural births

Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

Mums across the county are lending their support to a campaign for normal births.

The NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Maternity Northants are encouraging mums-to-be to have their babies naturally.

Many mothers across the county have given their support to the campaign which aims to reduce the number of Caesarean sections.

Emma, who gave birth at Kettering General Hospital in June 2011, said: “Giving birth normally was one of the most exciting moments of my life, and even though I was in a considerable amount of pain, I have not been put off doing it again.”

It has been proven that there any many benefits of having a normal birth, for instance, babies who are born naturally have a lower risk of contracting breathing problems and mothers are usually able to heal faster allowing them to go home quicker.

Paul Wood, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and co-chairman of Maternity Northants, said: “We cannot stress enough how much more beneficial normal birth is for both mother and baby.

“Expectant mothers should be reminded that a Caesarean section is major surgery, and is therefore not the easier option for many reasons, including longer post-operative recovery times.

“If you’re unsure about what is right for you and your baby, your midwife will run through all the options with you and you can also discuss your individual circumstances with your obstetrician.”

It seems that many mothers in the county share the belief that normal child birth is the best.

Jane, who gave birth at home on Christmas Eve in 2010, said: “I wanted to be the first one to hold my baby and be with it right from the beginning and therefore felt the least amount of surgical intervention was the better option.”

And Carol, who gave birth at Kettering General Hospital in March 2008, said: “I was able to look after my baby straight after the birth.

“I feel because of this I was not only able to cope better with the demands of a new baby, but felt empowered with the feeling of success and great achievement.”