“Most women, in every country across the world, would prefer to give birth as physiologically as possible. For most women and babies, this is also the safest way to give birth, and to be born, wherever the birth setting. If routine interventions are eliminated for healthy women and babies, resources will be freed up for the extra staff, treatments and interventions that are needed when a laboring woman and her baby actually need help. This will ensure optimal outcomes for all women and babies, and sustainable maternity care provision overall.”
Professor Soo Downe is research active within the area of midwifery and maternal child health and is a member of the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH). She has worked closely with the Royal College of Midwives on a number of projects and has been a major contributor for the Campaign for Normal Birth which is now part of the Better Births Initiative.