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J Med Ethics. 2014 Dec;40(12):817-20. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2012-101150. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Unassisted childbirth: why mothers are leaving the system.

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Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

Unassisted childbirth is a topical subject that has sparked ethical and legal debate. Although there are little data surrounding unassisted birthing practice, concerns over consent, procedural intervention and loss of the birthing experience may be driving women away from formal healthcare. The healthcare system needs to work toward understanding this practice and, perhaps with the support of legislation, address the concerns of mothers in order to ensure optimal childbirth outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Newborns and Minors; Reproductive Medicine; Right to Refuse Treatment

PMID:
23576532
DOI:
10.1136/medethics-2012-101150
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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