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Sinn Fein back calls for less medical intervention in Childbirth

28 April, 2004

Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has echoed calls from the Royal College of Midwives in response to the NICE report on medical intervention in Childbirth, that there should be lower levels of Caesarean Section.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The Six Counties has one of the highest rates of medical intervention in Childbirth of anywhere in Europe. Sinn Fein fully support the Royal College of Midwives call for lower levels of Caesarean Section.

"We believe that the introduction and expansion of the midwife led maternity units, that have set the standard in many areas throughout Europe, is an important step in reducing the level of medical intervention in what is, in the vast majority of cases, a natural and normal event that should require no such intervention." ENDS

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