MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, September 2013, volume 23, number 3
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest is known for its insightful, relevant and timely content. This quarter’s Digest is no exception.
The Hot Topic, written by consultant midwife and supervisor of midwives at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Julie Frohlich, commemorates Tricia Anderson’s article written for the Digest in 2002 The misleading myth of choice: the continuing oppression of women in childbirth, and asks ‘…a decade on are we any further forward’?
Tricia’s article highlighted the plight of pregnant women wishing to exercise their right to make truly informed and individual choices about their own labour and birth care (Anderson 2002). It described the cases of three women who wanted to give birth peacefully in hospital, looked after by midwives, and who concluded that they had no choice but to give birth at home with independent midwives or have their babies ‘the hospital way’.
Over a decade on from The misleading myth of choice, Julie looks at where are we now with the choice agenda and asks what we must do to ensure further progress both in the public and private sector. Her article considers various aspects of the ‘informed choice’ debate, and ‘…in direct contrast to the three examples given by Tricia Anderson in 2002, outlines three more recent cases of women who similarly presented with twins, VBAC and breech and who were all able to make fully informed and supported choices about their own labour and birth within the NHS’.
Other articles in this quarter’s Digest include:
• ‘Every pregnant women needs a midwife’ – the experiences of HIV affected women in maternity care – by C Kelly, F Alderdice, M Lohan et al
• Normalising birth for women with a disability: the challenges facing practitioners by D Walsh-Gallagher, R McConkey, M Sinclaire et al
• Working with postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder: potential challenges for midwives and other health practitioners by Amanda Hunter
• Nutrition and nurture in infancy and childhood: bio-cultural perspectives MAINN conference, 10-12 June 2013 by Val Dickens
• Supporting parents who are worried about their new born’s sleep by HL Ball
• Misunderstanding autonomy in childbirth by Elizabeth Prochaska
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Anderson T (2002). The misleading myth of choice: the continuing oppression of women in childbirth. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 12(3): 405-7.