http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...Child-taken-from-womb-by-social-services.html Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section. The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown. The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery. The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as unprecedented. They claim that even if the council had been acting in the womans best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child. Brendan Fleming, the womans British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.