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    A number of NHS trusts have said they will only give the go-ahead for a c-section if the woman’s health would be put at risk by a natural birth.

    They have launched the crackdown on women who are ‘too posh to push’ – saying it wastes millions of pounds of NHS money every year.
    Read more: Hospitals ban pregnant women from having c-sections in cost-cutting move | Mail Online

    Hello!

    What does 'too posh to push' refer to?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Do you know what "posh" means?

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Do you know what "posh" means?
    My dictionary defines it as fashionable.

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Posh | Define Posh at Dictionary.com

    It also means:

    — adj
    1. smart, elegant, or fashionable; exclusive: posh clothes
    2. upper-class or genteel
    It is used as a way of referring to the upper class, particularly in Britain.

    So "too posh to push" means that the woman in question is rich and is used to having things without having to work for them. This would include electing to have a c-section instead of having to have "labor" to have a baby.

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Thank you for your help, Dave.

    Is too posh to push widely-used in native English speaking countries, -the US, Canada, Australia, NZ, the UK? Can most native speakers possibly understand me if I say it to them?

    Casting aside the labour of women's, can I say she is too posh to push, so she hires a maid to do housework for herself? Does it make sense?

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Too Posh to Push is not widely used, at least in my experience. It's a clever slogan, made up (I think) for this specific context. Americans should know the word posh and understand what you mean if you use it, though it is not very often used there.

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Too Posh to Push is not widely used, at least in my experience. It's a clever slogan, made up (I think) for this specific context. Americans should know the word posh and understand what you mean if you use it, though it is not very often used there.
    Thank you for your helpful answer, J&K.

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    It is used in the UK- you'll see it in some media reports about celebrities who have c-sections.

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Can I say she is too posh to push, so she hires a maid to do housework for herself?
    No - the phrase is only used in relation to childbirth.

    Rover

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    Default Re: too posh to push

    Thank you for your helpful answers, Tdol and Rover.

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