|National charity Baby Lifeline has said that the process of natural delivery has the effect of increasing the bond between mother and baby.
Professor James Walker, a spokesperson for the group, explained that, although caesarean sections have become a lot safer and women now recover quickly from them, a natural birth in pleasant surroundings is the "optimum for any mother".
According to the Royal College of Midwives, the common reasons for requesting a caesarean section include feelings of helplessness, a belief that it is an easy way to give birth and the fact that certain high-profile celebrities have opted for a caesarean section.
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