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Friday 24 November 2017

Pregnancy parties no good for new mums

A midwifery leader has expressed concern about the "commercialisation" of pregnancy and the growing trend for expectant mothers to hold "foetus parties".

Professor Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives in Britain, said such parties -- where people gather to view 3D and 4D scan pictures that have been paid for privately -- raise ethical questions.

On a health website, Prof Warwick said mothers now give birth later in life and bring with them greater expectations and aspirations about childbirth.



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"This ageing of mothers means greater demands on maternity services as pregnancies to older women are more likely to involve complications, which demand more of midwives and others in the maternity team," she said.

"However, I think the worrying trend towards the commercialisation of pregnancy and trend in 'foetus parties' can add to the burden and can increase the expectation for mothers which midwives then have to deal with."

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