Women at three quarters of maternity units are being denied the right to choose a Caesarean birth, research suggests.Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) state women who ask for a caesarean should be offered one if, after support and discussion with a doctor, they feel it is best for them.But a report by childbirth charity Birthrights found that only 26 per cent of trusts were abiding by the guidelines and many women faced delays and difficulties in requesting a caesarean on non-medical grounds.Experts raised concerns that women who had previously undergone traumatic births would be unable to access the care they need.The charity said it feared that women who may have been through sexual assault or were vulnerable due to language barriers, mental health problems or learning difficulties were being forced to undergo unsafe vaginal births. Many women who requested a caesarean were told to go elsewhere.Rebecca Schiller, chief executive of Birthrights, said: “It is clear that women requesting caesarean sections meet judgemental attitudes, barriers and disrespect more often than they find compassion and support.”We are concerned that this lack of respect for patient dignity could have profound negative consequences for the emotional and physical safety for women.” “This information should reflect the individual woman’s current and previous medical, obstetric and psychological history.”A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “It is vital that women feel informed and supported in making safe choices around childbirth and we expect doctors and other NHS staff to work closely with mums-to-be to make sure they are given the right options where appropriate.”Have you ever been turned down for a caesarean? We want to share our readers’ stories to show the different experiences that parents have had in this area. We want to hear your story, how it impacted your birthing experience and what advice you have for other parents going through it. You can share your story by sending an email to [email protected] We aim to use these stories to create an article, so please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous. Overall, the charity’s research found hat 47 per cent of trusts had inconsistent or confusing policies on offering caesareans on request.It found 28 per cent of women requesting a caesarean did so because they had an underlying health problem, such as pelvic pain, that did not meet the medical threshold for requiring a caesarean. Prof Baskaran Thilaganathan, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “I don’t think there is any circumstance under which, if you feel a woman has been informed, understands her choices and chooses to, that you could deny her the right to that.”Gill Walton, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives said: “Women must be given the information to explore their views and feelings about Caesarean birth, to enable them to come to an informed decision about their preferred type of birth. She had another haemorrhage and her baby went to neo-natal intensive care. “She had to have rescue breaths and my other half saw her come out purple,” she said. “She got taken one way and I got taken to theatre. It was horrific.”Ms Tidman said the consultant she had met had not listened to her concerns.”He was just going on the fact of ‘this is your second birth, there’s no reason why it should happen again’. But he didn’t look into why we were anxious about it.”The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, where Ms Tidman gave birth, said it practised evidence-based care with respect to Caesarean sections.”If a woman requests a Caesarean section when there is no clinical indication, we follow the guidelines… but only after thorough exploration of all the issues,” a spokesman said. She said some pregnant women were denied the procedure on cost grounds.It costs about £700 more to have a Caesarean, compared with a vaginal delivery.”Some women say they have had cost quoted at them – ‘You can’t have a Caesarean because it will cost too much,’ the trust might be fined, that the clinical commissioning groups themselves won’t fund those requests – but there doesn’t seem to be one reason,” she said.Lucie Tidman, 32, said she was refused a Caesarean despite pleading for one for the birth of he second child.When she gave birth to her first child, six years ago, she had a serious haemorrhage and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).During her second pregnancy, she asked for a Caesarean, to avoid any more trauma, but was told it was not possible. Women must be given the information to explore their views and feelings about Caesarean birth, to enable them to come to an informed decisionGill Walton, Royal College of Midwives We are concerned this lack of respect for patient dignity could have profound negative consequencesRebecca Schiller, Birthrights Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.