Whilst I agree with what you say, I think there are 2 elements to this story. The woman was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for her own protection. It would appear that she was floridly psychotic. Not to have sectioned her would have placed her more at risk. She obviously needed treatment. I suspect that a decision was made by the psychiatrist to apply to the court for a caesarean to protect not only her but the baby as well. I am not saying whether it is right or wrong I am just stating what may have been the case. Because she was only a few weeks away from giving birth I should imagine that she was not able to have certain medication as it may have harmed the baby. If this was the case she would have remained very unwell thus not only would she be at risk but so could have the baby. We do not know all the facts surrounding that, only what we hear in the media. The Health Trust cannot explain why the decision was taken due to legal and confidentiality reasons. The second element is the behaviour of social services. They should never have allowed the child to be put up for adoption. They should have taken the baby to Italy and let the courts there decide what is in the best interests of the child. Social Services have targets to meet, just like any other public organisation. They have to carry out so many adoptions per year and of course most people want to adopt babies. This is totally wrong! I don't believe for one minute they exhausted all possibilities like they said. It is absolutely shocking! The other thing is, that those mothers with a mental illness will be scared to death that there children will be taken away from them. So if they feel they need help they will be too frightened to ask for it and may suffer as a consequence. Of course bi-polar just like most mental illnesses can be controlled by medication etc. In my experience women who have a mental illness are often very good mothers, as they know that 'society' is watching them.