*Radio, TV and other media interviews
To be updated...
*Jun 13 Radio interview with LBC's Nick Ferrari
Nick interviewed me about the new NICE Quality Standard on Caesareans.
*04 Jan 13 Radio interview with LBC's Clive Bull show
Clive interviewed me about the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and whether criticism of their approach is justified.
*02 Jan 13 Radio interview with Voice of Russia international broadcast
Interviewed by Juliet Spare as part of a panel discussion on the issue of tokophobia.
*03 Sep 12 Radio interview with BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour programme
Jane Garvey asked me, together with the RCM's Cathy Warwick, "What is normal birth?"
*31 Aug 12 Radio interview with BBC London's Vanessa Phelz show
Vanessa interviewed me regarding my press release (endorsed by 7 other maternity care charities and organizations).
*31 Aug 12 Radio interview with BBC WM's Adrian Goldberg
Adrian interviewed me regarding my press release, as above.
*31 Aug 12 Quoted in The Daily Mail: Doctors told to try and talk women giving birth out of having epidurals to save NHS money (as they cost £200 a pop)
Sophie Borland reported on my press release.
*30 Aug 12 Quoted in The Sun: Grin ‘n bear it, Plan to cut childbirth pain relief and caesareans
Emma Little and Martyn Halle reported on my press release.
*28 Aug 12 Quoted in BF without BS: If this is cost-cutting, just be honest, please
Blog reported on my press release.
*26 Nov 12 Quoted in Mumsnet: New guidance to reduce epidurals and a target rate of 20% for C-Sections
Feminism/Women's Rights discussion on my press release (190 responses).
*25 Aug 12 Quoted in The Skeptical OB: New document on British maternity services is fundamentally unethical
Dr. Amy Tuteur reported on my press release.
*24 Aug 12 Quoted in Pulse Today: GPs urged to discourage women from 'unnecessary' hospital births, caesareans and epidurals
Sofia Lind reported on my press release.
*24 Aug 12 Quoted in Mumsnet: New guidance to reduce epidurals and to achieve a CS target rate of 20%
Childbirth discussion on my press release (112 responses).
*01 Aug 12 TV interview with Sky News
I was interviewed about new research about the risk of infection with cesarean delivery.
*12 Jul 12 Live online interview with Canada.com
Ruth Dunley of Postmedia Digital invited Dr. Murphy and me to answer "Should caesarian sections be more widely available?"
*04 Jul 12 Radio interview with CJAD 800 AM's The Ric & Suzanne Show (Montreal, Canada)
Suzanne Desautels tallked about her own three vaginal births and was very open-minded and non-judgemental about women who choose a cesarean.
*17 Mar 12 Radio interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Jane Dreaper included my comments in her report on the history of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust).
*02 Mar 12 Radio interview with BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Danny Pike show
Danny interviewed me about our new book, Choosing Cesarean, A Natural Birth Plan and the issue of some PCTs and hospitals not following the November 2011 NICE recommendations.
*24 Nov 11 Radio Interview with BBC Scotland's Call Kaye programme
Kaye Adams interviewed me on the subject of the new NICE recommendations.
*23 Nov 11 Radio Interview with BBC Radio Humberside's The Peter Levy Show
Peter interviewed me on the subject of the new NICE recommendations.
*23 Nov 11 Radio Interview with BBC Radio Leeds Mid-Morning show
Wes Butters interviewed me on the subject of the new NICE recommendations.
*23 Nov 11 Radio Interview with BBC London 94.9
Gaby and Paul interviewed me on the subject of the new NICE recommendations.
*23 Nov 11 TV Interview with Sky News
I was interviewed together with Mumsnet on the subject of the new NICE recommendations.
*23 Nov 11 TV Interview with ITV Daybreak
John Stapleton and Christine Bleakley interviewed me together with Dr. Hilary Jones on the subject of the new NICE recommendations.
*22 Nov 11 TV Interview with BBC The One Show
Angellica Bell interviewed me for her report on the new the new NICE maternal request recommendations.
*04 Nov 11 Interview for Associated Press: 'Too Posh To Push? More C-sections on demand in UK'
Maria Cheng interviewed me for her article on the subject of the NICE draft Caesarean (update) guideline.
*31 Oct 11 Radio interview with BBC Five Live's Victoria Derbyshire show
Victoria interviewed me together with three other guests on the subject of the NICE draft Caesarean (update) guideline.
*31 Oct 11 Radio interview with LBC London's Vanessa Phelz show
Vanessa interviewed me after I'd called in to discuss the NICE maternal request debate.
*31 Oct 11 TV interview with BBC Breakfast (watch clip here)
Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull interviewed me together with Virginia Howes, an independent midwife, on the subject of the NICE draft Caesarean (update) guideline.
*30 Oct 11 TV interview with Sky News
I was interviewed together with Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, on the subject of the NICE draft Caesarean (update) guideline.
*09 Sep 11 Interview for The Fresh Outlook
*07 Sep 11 Radio interview with LBC (London's Big Conversation)
*07 Sep 11 Quoted in The Telegraph: 'NHS may give women right to caesarean'
Martin Beckford included my BBC News comment in his article on the NICE Caesarean section Guideline (update) draft.
*06 Sep 11 Interview for BBC News online: 'Women could be given right to choose Caesarean birth'
I contacted James Gallagher with the news that NICE (in its Caesarean section guideline (update) final draft) now recommends that all maternal requests for cesarean birth are supported within the NHS.
*01 Sep 11 Documentary interview clips included in One World Birth online launch
The first clip shown online is in the video titled, 'Is there a conflict in birth?'.
*31 Aug 11 Radio interview with BBC York
Jonathan Cowap interviewed me on his live morning show during coverage of its 'cesarean ban' story.
*24 Aug 11 Radio interview (pre-recorded) with MyBabyRadio.com went live.
Joanne Gallacher interviewed me on the subject of 'Planned Caesarean' birth (30 minutes duration).
*24 Aug 11 Radio interview with BBC Tees
Ali Brownlee interviewed me on his live Breakfast Show during coverage of its 'cesarean ban' story.
*23 Aug 11 Radio interview with BBC WM
Phil Upton interviewed me on his live Breakfast Show during coverage of its 'cesarean ban' story.
*23 Jun 11 Radio interview with BBC Norfolk
Nick Conrad interviewed me live on his programme as part of a special 'Maternity Week' series in Norwich.
*01 Feb 11 Documentary interview with Alto Films: One World Birth
Toni Harmon, producer of this international film documentary on childbirth, interviewed me about my views on planned cesarean birth. You can watch the film trailers here.
*25 Aug 10 Interview for nurseryworld.co.uk: 'Insight: Special delivery - caesarian sections'
Karen Faux interviewed me for her online article on the debate over whether a woman should be able to choose to have a cesarean birth.
*30 Jun 10 Interview for BBC News online: 'Should there be a limit on caesareans?'
Philippa Roxby interviewed me on the subject of reducing cesarean rates within the NHS and the dangers of refusing legitimate cesarean delivery requests.
*28 Jun 10 Interview for The Times: 'Caesarean births 'myth' demolished' and 'Don't push it. Who says C-sections are bad for you?'
Helen Rumbelow interviewed me for her article that reported on the World Health Organization's admission that there is no evidence for a 15% cesarean rate threshold (as reported in the CCA's October 2009 press release and this online article). This made Front Page news!
*15 Jan 10 One-hour panel discussion for Chinese radio programme 'Today': 'Elective cesarean' on CRI Beyond Beijing's Flagship News Magazine
Presenters Chris Gelken and Qinduo Xu interviewed me during this one-hour programme dedicated to the rising cesarean rate in China. The other panelists in the dicussion were Dr Chen Zhe, Chief Resident Doctor and Obsterician from Renmin Hospital, and Prof Lynn Callister from the School of Nursing at Brigham Young University.
*14 Dec 09 Interview with BBC Radio Wales: 'The Irritated Consultant Episode 4 - 'caesarian births under the spotlight''
Retired urologist Christine Evans interviewed me for this special programme in which she sets out to explore whether cesarean deliveries on maternal request are justified. She concludes that a woman's autonomy in making an informed decision is perfectly legitimate.
*02 Nov 09 Interview for The Times opinion piece: 'Why are more women pushing for Caesareans?'
Peta Bee interviewed me over the phone about my two birth experiences for inclusion in this opinion piece by Dr Mark Porter. You can also read my comments posted beneath the article, which Dr Porter says he agrees with.
*27 Oct 09 Interview for BBC News online: 'Emergency c-sections predominate'
Michelle Roberts asked for my comments on the subject of emergency cesareans in England, after new figures from NHS Trusts were released.
*27 Sep 09 Magazine interview for the Sunday Mirror: 'The C-Section Question'
Joani Walsh interviewed me for her article about the different birth choices women make, and the reasons behind their choices.
*14 May 09 Newspaper interview for The Mirror: 'Caesarean births: Scarred before they were born - Exclusive'
Tanith Carey quoted me in her article about the risk of babies being cut during a cesarean delivery.
*27 Apr 09 Radio interview with Mom Talk Radio
Host Maria Bailey talked to me about my website and why healthy women might choose a cesarean delivery. You can listen to a podcast of the interview here.
*31 Jul 08 Radio interview with BBC World Service
Discussion on Should all births be natural? Should elective-c-sections be banned?
*10 Mar 08 Radio interview with Dublin 98FM 'Inbox'
Discussion on why women choose elective cesarean
*21 Dec 07 Radio interview with BBC Radio 'Scotland Live'
Discussion on Keeping Childbirth Natural and Dynamic' campaign
*05 Mar 06 Interview for The Observer: 'Why mothers should be offered caesareans'
Jo Beasley quoted me in her article about elective caesareans in th NHS.
*Letters and articles published
*07 Aug 13 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
NICE says a planned caesarean section SHOULD be offered to women who request it
*03 Nov 11 British Journal of Midwifery by Pauline M Hull, Carol Bedwell, Tina Lavender
Why do some women prefer birth by caesarean? An internet survey
*01 Jun 12 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
Flawed analysis may be used to restrict birth choices
*30 Apr 2012 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
Concerned that flawed analysis may be used to restrict birth choices
*02 Apr 11 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
'Midwife led care is not appropriate for all low risk women, and its cost-effectiveness is not proven'
*10 Oct 10 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
'Routinely recording women's weight would aid future analysis'
*04 Aug 10 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
'ACOG wants to allow - not urge - more VBACs'
*04 Jul 10 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
'Homebirth versus elective caesarean risks'
*09 Oct 09 freelibrary.com article by P M Hull
'WHO Finally Admits - the 'Optimum Rate [of Caesarean Section] Is Unknown' and 'There Is No Empirical Evidence' for Its 1985 Recommendation of 10-15%'
*27 Mar 09 Special Column in The Valley Voice newspaper, Hellertown, PA
(on the subject of) my upcoming seminar on Cesarean Rates at the Controversies in Childbirth Conference
*30 Jul 08 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
'New research finds lowest maternal mortality rate with elective cesarean delivery'
*03 Mar 08 British Medical Journal Rapid Response by Pauline M Hull
'Further evidence of reduced infant morbidity with cesarean delivery on maternal request at 39 weeks EGA'
*26 Feb 08 electivecesarean.com article published by P M Hull
'CDMR: We can't see the wood for the trees'
*26 Feb 08 electivecesarean.com Survey results by P M Hull
56% of expectant mums want a cesarean 'through their own choice'
*02 May 07 pregnancyinfo.net article by P M Hull
'Elective cesarean choice - The choice exists, it is legitimate, and it is here to stay'
*Public speaking and professional engagements
*27 Mar 09 Controversies in Childbirth Conference, Texas
Speaker at seminar on 'Is There Any Benefit to Low C-Section Rates?'
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, March 27-29, 2009
Also see other speakers' biographies
*Oct 08 Co-founded the Coalition for Childbirth Autonomy
Goals include: To campaign for women's autonomy in making an informed decision about how and where they give birth, and for these to be respected equally whether they are home, hospital, vaginal or caesarean deliveries.
*10 Sep 08 Aligned with The MomsRising Organization
*27-29 Mar 06 NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request in Maryland
Provided verbal and written input while at the conference, on behalf of women who choose cesarean delivery, and also in my capacity as a journalist and campaigner on this subject.
*Personal comments published on media reports
To be added!
*02 Nov 11 The moral case for elective caesarean section, Practical Ethics
*02 Nov 11 All women will have the right to a caesarean, Hannah Thomas, Marie Claire
*02 Nov 11 Midwives are Able to Help Women Make the Right Choice About Their Childbirth, Huffington Post, Cathy Warwick
*01 Nov 11 Why didn't I have the right to a Caesarean, Huffington Post, Sue Hedges
*01 Nov 11 The madness of Caesareans on demand, Daily Mail, Jenni Murray
*01 Nov 11 Folly of Caesarean Births for Everyone, Express, Vanessa Feltz
*31 Oct 11 Caesarean sections should be life-saving, not a lifestyle choice, Guardian, Louise Foxcroft
*31 Oct 11 All women to get the right to a caesarean birth on the NHS, AOL, Ceri Roberts
*31 Oct 11 Now all women have the right to NHS caesareans in hugely expensive move, Tamara Cohen, Daily Mail
*31 Oct 11 Childbirth finally leaves the Stone Age, Telegraph, Cristina Odone
*30 Oct 11 All women get right to caesarean birth on the NHS... even if they don't need it, Mail On Sunday Reporter
*28 Oct 11 Inspectors find culture of abuse in NHS trust's maternity services, The Independent, Jeremy Laurance
*28 Oct 11 'If you don't hurry up, I'll cut you': What one mother was told by midwife at NHS Trust where five died during labour, Daily Mail, Sophie Borland
*05 Oct 11 Time to deliver a strategy that focuses on midwives, Edwin Poots
*05 Oct 11 Will The C-Section Rate Soon Hit 50 Percent? Rachel Zimmerman
*04 Oct 11 Is an obsession with natural birth putting mothers and babies in danger? Jane Feinmann
*29 Sep 11 £3,500 C-section charge proposal, Lisa Smyth
*09 Sep 11 Is caesarean now the ‘normal' way to give birth, and should we be worried? The Conversation, Caroline Homer
*08 Sep 11 Labor Pains: Labor Pains: I Was Secretly Relieved To Have An Emergency C-Section, Bolaji Williams
*06 Sep 11 I Had A C-Section And I Loved It, Barrie Hardymon, NPR
*26 Aug 11 Welcome to One World Birth (comments)
*26 Aug 11 Terrified I won't be allowed an elective caesarean, Bounty.com
*23 Aug 11 PCTs impose restrictions on caesarean sections, The Pulse
*22 Aug 11 NHS in Clampdown on Too-Posh-To-Push Mums, Jasmine Coleman
*21 Aug 11 Not just too posh to push: elective caesareans vs vaginal births, The Conversation
*14 Aug 11 Are caesarian births a better option? Catallaxy Files
*24 Jul 11 C-sections on the rise: One in three mothers opting for procedure,
*24 Jul 11 C-sections Rise 25% In Seven Years, USA, Medical News Today
*24-Jul-11 Too posh to push, Indrani Rajkhowa Banerjee, TNN
*19 Jul 11 C-Section Rate in U.S. Climbs to All-Time High: Report, Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
*19 Jul 11 More than 1 in 3 mothers in U.S. now delivers by C-section as the rate increases to more than double the recommend amount, Daily
*18 Jul 11 What is the rate of serious complications with a c-section? Posted by Dr. Jen Gunter
*18 Jul 11 Caesarean Sections, Julie Glynn
*17 Jul 11 'Posh' versus 'Push' childbirth, The Telegraph, Victoria Lambert
*17 Jul 11 Joanna Moorhead: A bad birth experience can last a lifetime, Independent
*06 Jul 11 Oxfam, John Wayne and The Da Vinci Code - statistically wonderful or rubbish? Julian Champkin
*26 Jun 11 Mothers Deserve Options, Ricki Lake
*25 Jun 11 Birth Injuries and Maternity Care Crisis - ITV 'Tonight' investigate, Pannone.com, Chris Gawne
*25 Jun 11 Why Posh has the right not to push: Caesareans are no more dangerous than natural births, Clive Spence
*25 Jun 11 Frederick Leboyer: 'Babies are overlooked in labour', Joanna Moorhead, The Guardian,
*24 Jun 11 Big Babies and C-Sections, Naomi
*14 Jun 11 Women, docs misinformed about childbirth tools, Toronto Sun
*10 Jun 11 A personal account of elective caesarian, Mumsnet Talk
*13 Jun 11 Medical Negligence, jmw, Jane Kirkham
*12 Jun 11 Op Cutbacks put Mothers at Risk, Lucy Johnston
*07 Jun 11 Maternal Mortality Rates Are Increasing For African-American Women, Marjorie Valbrun, America's Wire
*02 Jun 11 Why I Chose To Have An Elective C-Section, Rebecca Eckler
*02 Jun 11 Elective cesarean section
*30 May 11 NHS pays out for 750 £1m blunders, The Sun
*27 May 11 Middle-class mothers 'should be talked out of caesareans', Telegraph
*27 May 11 Mumsnet, Lara Cameron
*13 May 11 Choosing C-section may not prevent incontinence, Reuters
*11 May 11 Before praising C-sections, consider the cost, Osalind Ellis, Baltimore Sun
*09 May 11 Obesity, elective cesarean contribute to U.S. maternal mortality rate, Robyn Carlisle
*02 May 11 Why Do More People Care About Charlie Sheen Than Safe Childbirth? Karen Brody, Huffington Post
*02 May 11 Expectant moms prefer old methods, Bethany Suba, SMU
*26 Apr 11 Caesarean sections are a major factor in pregnancy-related deaths, report finds, Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
*20 Apr 11 My convenient c-section, Stacie Lewis
*14 Apr 11 Home Birth Is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Moms Dying
*05 Apr 11 British maternity wards in crisis, Jeremy Laurance, The Independent
*04 Apr 11 British maternity wards in crisis, Hannah Thomas, marieclaire.co.uk
*04 Apr 11 Jeremy Laurance: When things go wrong, every second counts, The Independent
*02 Apr 11 Midwives can cut deaths in childbirth, but there aren't enough of them, The Guardian
*01 Apr 11 Quarter of Winchester births are by Caesarean section, Daily Echo
*15 Jan 11 Health chiefs encourage more home births over caesareans, Bournemouth Echo
*29 Dec 10 UK Midwives Claim Gov't Prejudice Against Home Births, redorbit.com (doesn't appear)
*29 Dec 10 Midwives condemn 'campaign against home births', The Guardian, Peter Walker
*20 Nov 10 'I was terrified of giving birth', The Guardian, Stephanie Calman
*20 Nov 10 Maternity 'postcode lottery' revealed in NHS figures, The Telegraph, Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
*23 Oct 10 Letter: Caesarian push, The Scotsman, Andrew Smith, QC
*09 Oct 10 Wide variation in Caesarean rates in UK, hc2d.co.uk
*09 Oct 10 Who's Too Posh to Push? High Cesarean Section Rates Aren't Moms' Fault, TIME.com
*09 Oct 10 *Too posh to push mums 'a myth', nhs.uk
*09 Oct 10 High caesarean rates are not down to women being 'too posh to push', The Telegraph, Rebecca Smith
*24 Sep 10 NHS bosses to reduce Caesareans, This Is Kent
*21 Sep 10 Fewer A&E visits and caesareans will save NHS cash, This is Nottingham, Rob Parsons
*03 Sep 10 Shake-up of NHS 'incentives' in drive to curb caesareans, Daily Mail (doesn't appear)
*21 Aug 10 Nigel Hawkes: Peer-reviewed journals aren't worth the paper they're written on, The Independent
*05 Aug 10 Safety after the C-section, The San Bernardino Sun
*04 Aug 10 Too Many C-Sections: Docs Rethink Induced Labor, TIME magazine, Tiffany O'Callaghan
*03 Aug 10 Women have a right to a home birth, The Guardian, Jemima Kiss
*28 Jul 10 ACOG Says Yes to Vaginal Births After C-Section, RH Reality Check, Amie Newman
*23 Jul 10 New Guidelines OK Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC), Medical News Today
*20 Jul 10 C-sections: getting the balance right, The Irish Times (emailed author, Michael Turner)
*19 Jul 10 Caesarean deliveries on the rise in Queensland private hospitals, The Courier-Mail
*16 Jul 10 Childbirth: Risks and reality, BBC blog, Fergus Walsh
*10 Jul 10 Time we pushed out the cliches of caesarean birth Sarrah Le Marquand The Daily Telegraph
*04 Jul 10 Bogus C-Section News? Babble, Ceridwen Morris
*02 Jul 10 Bogus C-Section News? Babble, Ceridwen Morris
*30 Jun 10 Whoops! Newscore, BBC News and Fox News Forgot to Fact-check, Unnecesarean
*29 Jun 10 Target to reduce caesareans scrapped as experts demolish 'myth' that they are more harmful, Daily Mail
*10 Jun 10 Too many women are opting to have Caesarean births, Evening Telegraph
*26 May 10 Bring back vaginal birth after C-section, study says, LA Times
*12 May 10 What will a coalition government mean for the NHS? Hc2d
*12 May 10 The Many Reasons to Prefer an Elective C-Section, Blog
*11 May 10 Treatment restrictions being imposed as management looks to reduce NHS costs, This is Derbyshire (Telegraph)
*9-11 May 10 Introducing: 20% by 2020, Blog
*09 May 10 The Information in this PR is correct, Medical News Today
*08 May 10 What do you do when you want children but have so much anxiety about the delivery? Anxiety Attack Cures
*18 Apr 10 Caesareans Birth, Terri O'Neale
*24 Mar 10 Caesarian rate dropping, Vanessa Macdonald, di-ve
*16 Mar 10 Elective C-sections reach epidemic levels around the globe, SDNN
*16 Mar 10 Science should guide decisions on your health, Roger W. Harms, M.D. Mayo Clinic
*16 Mar 10 C-Sections linked to women dying in/after childbirth, Examiner.com
*04 Mar 10 Hospital pays £2.6 million to family over childbirth errors, Cambridge News
*10 Feb 10 WHO says Elective Cesareans are too Risky, Connecticut Post
*10 Feb 10 Alarming rise in Caesarean deliveries in Kerala, Expressbuzz.com
*10 Feb 10 Why do pregnant women prefer caesarean birth? Rukiya Makuma
*07 Feb 10 Infection, early birth linked to asthma, Los Angeles Times
*03 Feb 10 ICAN Responds: "Today Show" Spreads Misinformation, blog-ican-online.org
*03 Feb 10 £5.6m NHS payout over birth blunders, This is Local London
*03 Feb 10 What's driving the rise in C-sections? , Chicago Tribune blog
*03 Feb 10 Docs prefer C-section births, The Times of India
*30 Jan 10 Nigel Hawkes: A bad case of bias against Caesareans, The Independent
*28 Jan 10 Funny Figures from WHO on Caesareans, Straight Statistics
*28 Jan 10 China's C-Section Rate Highest Worldwide, WHO Study Says, Medical News Today
*21 Jan 10 WHO: most C-section births in India 'unnecessary', The MedGuru, Abby Kapoor
*21 Jan 10 Katherine Harmon blog, birthskirt.blogspot.com
*20 Jan 10 Letter to TIME editors re: WHO: Half of China's Births Are C-Sections (AP) Margie Mason
*19 Jan 10 ‘Too posh to push' mums risk their lives, Topnews.us
*17 Jan 10 WHO survey: Half of China's births are cesarean sections - Health agency warns about boom in unnecessary surgery, Associated Press
*16 Jan 10 Half of China's moms-to-be have C-sections, MSNBC (Comment)
*15 Jan 10 China's C-Section Rate Highest Worldwide, WHO Study Says, Medical News Today
*15 Jan 10 Elective Caesarean sections are too risky, says WHO, ifupregnant.co.cc
*14 Jan 10 WHO: All C-Sections "Put Women at Increased Risk of Adverse Events, Including Death", ecochildsplay.com, Jennifer Lance
*14 Jan 10