According to this Northern Star article, "under the Towards Normal Birth policy, the [NSW] state is aiming to reduce the cesarean rate to 20% before 2015."
Remember - there is NO EVIDENCE for ANY ideal cesarean rate - yet (as is happening in the UK and Canada too), an ideological focus on achieving normality is deemed more important than best physical and psychological outcomes for babies and mothers.
Lismore pediatrician Dr. Chris Ingall is quoted here as saying that 'the rights of the both babies and mothers have to be balanced out'... "It's not just the mum's choice. It's also the baby's choice as to how the delivery transpires."
You may disagree, but having read this mother's very genuine and legitimate reason for wanting to schedule a c-section, I don't believe for one minute that - if such a consultation was even possible - her macrosomic baby would make a different choice. Do you?
Extract taken from Northern Star article, Hospital says No to cesarean, by Jem Wilson (February 22, 2012):
Sylvia Leveridge, 38, said she was told by an obstetrician at the hospital she could only have a C-section (cesarean section operation) in an emergency.
"I just had tears streaming down my face - I couldn't believe it," Ms Leveridge said.
"I feel so powerless and betrayed by the medical system that my choice has been taken away."
Ms Leveridge, who is 28 weeks pregnant, wants to avoid the 20-hour labour she experienced before undergoing an emergency cesarean to deliver her first child.
Her first baby was a whopping 4.240kg and Ms Leveridge understands this baby will be just as big.
"Chances are I will be having a C-section again but it will just be as traumatic as it was the last time," Ms Leveridge said.