Wednesday, January 4, 2012

November and December 2011

A very busy few months, filled with completing the final stages of our new book and ongoing cesarean campaign work.
I've highlighted some of the main activities below, but plan to post more details about many of these as soon as possible.

December 09, 2011
Contacted BBC Complaints and Woman's Hour programme makers in response to Jenni Murray's November 23 report on the NICE Caesarean section guideline (update), in light of her Daily Mail article, published just weeks earlier.

November 30, 2011
Attended the NHS Alliance Conference in Manchester, speaking with many representatives from many healthcare organizations on the subject of cesarean rate targets and maternal request. Request made for information (incl. DoH letter, below) to be handed to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley; response was affirmative by NHSA staff but no confirmation yet that it was received.

November 24, 2011
Interviewed on BBC Scotland's Call Kaye programme on the subject of the NICE Caesarean (update) guideline

November 23, 2011
Interviewed on ITV Daybreak, Sky News, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Humberside on the subject of the NICE Caesarean (update) guideline recommendation on Maternal Request, published today

November 22, 2011

Interviewee for BBC 1 The One Show's cesarean request film, presented by Angellica Bell.

November 18, 2011
Submitted an open letter to the Department of Health outlining my concerns with target cesarean rates that are in place in many hospitals throughout the UK. Both Jeremy Hunt MP and Daniel Poulter MP have agreed to forward my concerns to the DoH. On November 22, Jeremy Hunt MP contacted me to confirm that my letter has been forwarded to Anne Milton, Minister for Public Health. As at December 11th, no confirmation yet from Daniel Poulter. MP.

November 04, 2011
Together with co-author Dr. M Murphy, submitted a formal request to FIGO for a review of its 1998 statement regarding Ethical Aspects Regarding Caesarian Delivery For Non Medical Reasons: “At present, because hard evidence of net benefit does not exist, performing Caesarean section for non-medical reasons is ethically not justified.”

November 04, 2011
Interview (and pictures) by Associated Press journalist Maria Cheng, "Too posh to push? More C-sections on demand in UK", published online.

November 03, 2011
Research published in the British Journal of Midwifery: Why do some women prefer birth by caesarean? An internet survey. By Pauline Hull, Carol Bedwell, Tina Lavender (BJM, Vol. 19, Iss. 11, 02 Nov 2011, pp 708-716)

November 01, 2011
The NHS Litigation Authority formally confirmed that in response to my request for claims data to be separated into births relating to an emergency or a planned cesarean, it will "introduce a system for recording this information on new claims in future."

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