Do I have a right to a c-section? Update on Oxford University Hospitals

On 24th May we launched a campaign to engage with Trusts who state that they do not offer maternal request caesarean sections, thereby denying women the individual respect and consideration they are entitled to. The first Trust we wrote to was Oxford University Hospitals whose policy on offering planned caesarean sections is stated in this leaflet:

http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patient-guide/leaflets/files/10405Pcaesarean.pdf

OUH responded to our original letter stating that their approach was in full compliance with NICE guidelines, and that they offered a “kind, friendly and professional service”. Unfortunately the reports we have received of women not being listened too, being left shaken by consultations, and being left distressed and anxious knowing that their request for a caesarean section would not be granted by OUH, are at odds with OUH’s account.  Therefore, this week, we wrote again to the Trust, their Commissioners, Healthwatch Oxfordshire and the CQC, to share some of your stories and to urge them to reconsider their approach. If you would like to tell us about your experience or requesting a maternal request caesarean section at OUH or elsewhere, please comment below…

Letter to R Schiller (Birthrights) from OUH

Second letter to OUH from Birthrights with case studies

2 thoughts on “Do I have a right to a c-section? Update on Oxford University Hospitals

  1. I was denied an elective ceasarean section with my daughter almost 18 months ago. I requested it because of a chronic bladder condition and pelvic floor dysfunction. I was told a vaginal delivery was recommended over a c section. I went on to deliver vaginally after a long induction. I was given an episiotomy and then sustained a bad 3rd degree tear. I have been left with muscle damage that can’t be fixed and will face bowel issues in later life. This was exactly the scenario I was trying to avoid when I requested the section and I will forever regret not following my gut and being more forceful. It is a shame women all over the UK are not making decisions about their own health and bodies, I can’t understand how such a lack of consent can exist in this area of medicine. And all for saving money. I feel I had been allowed the section I requested it would have saved the NHS thousands…I have been seen by my hospital every month for 18 months, god knows what the cost of that was. It just makes me sad that women are made to feel guilty or even stupid when they choose the mode of delivery, we should have control over our bodies and medical treatment.

  2. My cousin DIED from direct complications of repeat elective Caesarean section. She left her husband with 2 children under 1 years old. They have never really known their lovely mother. This is the ultimate price by choosing CS and one that is less likely after vaginal birth. I understand choice, anxiety, fear and the outcome of abuse and the effect this has, but it has to be balanced against the real risks of CS and the effect on families. Oxford does care and has to look at the whole picture.

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