Maternal request caesarean section

Most women in the UK give birth vaginally, recover well and have healthy babies. 

Most women who have a planned caesarean section will also recover well and have healthy babies. However, there are risks for both you and your baby and it may take longer to get back to normal after your baby is born. Having a caesarean section also makes future births more complicated. Doctors and midwives will not recommend a caesarean section unless it is necessary for medical reasons.

I am thinking about having a caesarean section. Who should I speak to? 

Talk to your midwife about why you would like a caesarean section. You may also wish to talk to other members of your healthcare team, such as your obstetrician or an anaesthetist.

It is important that you tell your midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. This is so that there is time to talk about your concerns and wishes and to arrange appointments with other health professionals who may be able to help. It is important to share the reason why you are wanting a caesarean section so that we can help you to make a fully informed decision and discuss alternative options that are availble to you. 

You can find more information about our pathway of care for women requesting a planned caesarean section without medical reasons. At the end of the guideline there is information for you to help you make your decision. 

Link to policy

Other information can be accessed on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.