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Pros & cons of surgery; THE GREAT CAESAREAN DEBATE.

AGAINST

Gillian Smith, National Officer for the Royal College of Midwives UK Board for Scotland.

Gillian is against elective Caesareans.

The 51-year-old said: "A Caesarean section is a major abdominal operation with all the associated risks.

"But the trouble is, people have become so blase about it. They think it's just like going in and having a filling done.

"It's become just too easy. We are made the way we are for a purpose and to bring a baby out of the abdomen.

"Those who describe a section as a woman's right to choose forget one thing - there is not an infinite amount of resources in the NHS and Caesareans can be a drain on the budget."

FOR

Gail Sheridan, wife of Solidarity leader Tommy Sheridan.

Gail, 42 chose to have her only child, Gabrielle, now two, by Caesarean.

The 42-year-old said: "I'm not too posh to push, I'm too smart to suffer.

"I think all women should have a choice and that was my choice.

"I went in ready to campaign for a caesarean but in the end, it was surprisingly easy.

"I was much happier about the whole birth thing after that.

"It took away the pain, insecurity and uncertainty.

"Since I've talked about this, other women have said to me if they'd known they could have a choice they would have asked for a section too."

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