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Why UK midwives are back-pedalling on natural childbirth

August 11, 2017, 10:36 am by New Scientist Health News

For decades, women have been encouraged to give birth naturally – that means avoiding all medicines and interventions. Now the Royal College of Midwives is changing its position

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