Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter attack on childbirth charity: Presenter dismisses its advice and calls it a 'scary organisation'
Simon Cable and Paul Revoir
00:58 GMT, 4 January 2013
08:51 GMT, 4 January 2013
Kirstie Allsopp has become embroiled in a Twitter row with the UK’s biggest parenting charity.
The TV presenter attacked the National Childbirth Trust over its pro-natural birth stance, dismissing its advice as ‘b*******’ and calling it ‘a politicised, dogmatic and scary organisation’.
The controversial tweets to her 272,000 followers prompted one NCT teacher to threaten her with legal action.
Critical: The 41-year-old television presenter called the National Childbirth Trust a 'politicised, dogmatic and scary organisation'
Miss Allsopp made the comments after listening to a discussion on Radio 4’s Today programme involving the chief executive of the NCT and an author on childbirth.
The writer, Linda Geddes, claimed she had been given poor pregnancy advice by the NCT, and that staff had not fully informed her of the ‘downsides’ of natural birth.
Miss Allsopp, whose two sons were both delivered by caesarean, suggested on Twitter that the NCT deliberately failed to offer enough information about the procedure in their antenatal classes, which are attended by more than 100,000 couples every year.
She wrote: ‘Turn to BBC Radio 4 for talk of a book about all the absurd myths surrounding pregnancy & birth. More NCT b******* as usual though. Lots of people have good NCT experiences, but many don’t. This is a very politicised, dogmatic and in my experience, scary organisation.’
Twitter-fury: Kirstie Allsopp, whose two sons were delivered by caesarean section, attacked the National Childbirth Trust's pro-natural birth stance on Twitter
Miss Allsopp, 41, has two sons, Bay, six, and Oscar, four, with her property developer partner Ben Andersen.
Her comments drew a furious response from NCT supporters.
Sarah Johnson tweeted: ‘Just to let you know: As an NCT teacher, I am going to request we consult lawyers re your tweets.’
Its chief executive, Belinda Phipps, said yesterday: ‘NCT antenatal courses cover all the topics that are relevant to expectant and new parents, including giving birth by caesarean section. The content of the course is also influenced by the expressed needs and wants of the small group attending, which means that some topics may be discussed at more length than others.
‘We encourage feedback on all our courses and ask anyone who isn’t satisfied to contact us directly.’
Last night Miss Allsopp told the Daily Mail: ‘I feel that most women want to have a natural birth – I wanted to do that – but I was told I couldn’t for various reasons.
‘Sometimes it isn’t possible and a caesarean section is necessary. I feel that women should be prepared for that too and not made to feel that they have failed in some way if they don’t give birth naturally.’