Call The Midwife horror stories prompted Helen George to have baby via...

Call The Midwife horror stories prompted Helen George to have baby via C-section

Call The Midwife star Helen George has her hit BBC show to thank for helping her make the right labour call when she became a mum last year (17).
The actress, who plays Trixie Franklin on TV, gave birth to daughter Wren Ivy in September (17), and admits her period role as a nurse gave her the edge when it came to deciding on what kind of delivery she wanted.
“I chose to have a C-section (Caesarean),” she tells the Radio Times. “It coincided with the fact that I had to deliver her (Wren) early, but even without that, I would have gone for an elective Caesarean because of what I’d learnt on Call The Midwife.
“Working on Call The Midwife means that lots of people tell you their horror stories about birth. I’m not against natural birth, I’m pro whatever you feel is right for you. Some people may not understand why I elected to have a C-section, but it was right for me at the time. It’s not because I’m ‘too posh to push’, it’s about what I think my body is capable of. I’m not good with pain, I faint when I stub my toe.”
And she insists that a Caesarean is no walk in the park for mums: “It’s a major operation. I have a large scar on my stomach. You can’t exercise for a long time and you need help to pick up the baby.”
Now, George is hoping to remove the stigma attached to women who elect to have a baby via C-section, adding, “If men went through labour, I think the majority would choose the pain-free way but there is a feeling that women should have to feel pain.”