New caesarean guidelines proposed

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Several newspapers have reported that all pregnant women will “get the right to a caesarean”, regardless of whether there is a medical reason for having one. Currently, around one in four UK babies is delivered by caesarean.

The reports are based on new draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the national body that evaluates which treatments should be available for specific conditions. The proposed guidelines are the first major update from NICE on caesarean sections since 2004, and take into account the latest research on the procedure.



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