By Ellie Broughton
Our round-up of health headlines on Wednesday 25 May.
It’s a sex and pregnancy special for the Daily Digest today, and we’ve got a triple whammy of news on the subject.
GPs are being asked to take on Britain’s so-called ‘too posh to push’ brigade, reports the Telegraph, in an effort to save the NHS money. NICE has issued draft guidance saying women who want caesareans simply because they fear giving birth naturally, rather than for a clinical reason, should be made to have a full discussion about their options.
It says the doctor should offer to set up a separate appointment so that the woman’s concerns about childbirth can be addressed. Jane Munro, from the Royal College of Midwives, welcomed the guidance and the National Childbirth Trust agreed that counselling those who feared childbirth was a positive step.
Meanwhile trouble’s brewing on a Government forum for sexual health, it was revealed today, after Conservative family planning group Life was invited to contribute to the discussion over the future of British sexual health services.
Stuart Cowie, Life’s head of education, told the Guardian: ‘We are delighted to be invited into the group, representing views that have not always been around on similar tables in the past.’
He said the organisation would seek to build ‘common ground’ with other members of the forum.
But former Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris said Life’s presence could prevent the panel from functioning properly: ‘When you have an organisation campaigning against the law and against current policy on sexual health, which is pro-contraception and about ensuring that abortion is a choice, then the risk is that you prevent the panel being given access to confidential information.’
We end the Digest on a lighter note today, as the Daily Mail reveals that one in four fathers suffer antenatal cravings, morning sickness and mood swings while their partner’s expecting. ‘Pregmant’ chaps experienced mood swings (26%), food cravings (10%) and nausea (6%), which was unconnected to any other illness. Remarkably, though, none of the 2,000 men in Pampers’ study requested a caesarean section at the end of it…
Spotted a story we’ve missed? Let us know, and we’ll update the digest throughout the day…