For the first time since December 2002, the emergency Caesarean section rate at the Royal Sussex County Hospital has dipped below 10%. This is fantastic news ! Emergency C-Section rates have been steadily rising over the last decade, peaking at 25% in April 2009. Back then, this meant that (once the home birth, instrumental delivery and planned C-Section numbers were accounted for) a woman going into the Royal Sussex to have her baby naturally was more likely to give birth surgically than have a normal vaginal birth. But now, thanks to the hard work of the midwifery and obstetric teams – and local parents who have campaigned for change – normal birth is once again the norm. Well done to all concerned and let’s hope this trend continues.