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Women need to be put first - Michelle Gildernew

28 September, 2011 - by Westminster


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Michelle Gildernew said women need to be supported when it comes to child birth and made aware of the choices they have.

The Sinn Féin MLA was responding to Health Minister Edwin Poots launch of a review of maternity services when he said that women who opt for a caesarean for non-medical reasons may have to pay for the surgery.

“We need to be very careful that we don’t demonise women who for medical reasons have a caesarean. They certainly don’t take the decision lightly.

“We do have women who out of convenience opt for a caesarean and that is something that needs to be looked at. What we are talking about here is major abdominal surgery.

“After undergoing a caesarean the first time, women should receive proper support so that they are able to have normal deliveries in the future. That is why it is crucial that greater support is offered to midwives and obstetricians.

“The bottom line is that pregnant women need to have all the information available and be aware of their choices. However, before any decisions are made there needs to be a mature and sensible discussion around all these matters.”

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