The new guidelines, announced last week,  instruct GPs to encourage women to have natural labours with as little medical  help as possible.

The reason?

Caesareans cost the NHS £1,200 a  time, while epidurals are around £200. Unsurprisingly, people have expressed  outrage, with critics condemning it as barbaric and even a form of legalised  torture. 

Jenni Murray writes in the Daily Mail wondering why so many women today can’t envisage giving  birth without drugs or even surgery?

 

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