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Pract Midwife. 2014 Feb;17(2):15-7.

Not my choice: results of an online survey.

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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Jessop wing.


A survey into women's experiences of giving birth in the UK published in October 2013, provides a useful insight (Birthrights UK 2013). It is the first of its kind to capture women's views on dignity in childbirth. The survey reflects the importance of place of birth, with women who gave birth in obstetric units reporting much lower levels of satisfaction and a greater lack of control than those giving birth in birth centres or at home. Those who had an instrumental birth reported lower levels of respectful care and a much greater lack of control. The midwifery profession needs to reflect carefully on these findings and ensure the needs of running a busy maternity service efficiently do not take priority over the human rights of women.

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