Category: ethical issues

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Making Homebirth Safer in 2019: Part 1- Neonatal Mortality

Neonatal mortality. This has been used as the nail in the coffin of the homebirth debate. Opponents of homebirth will often concede that homebirths create a better experience for the mother, but usually present this benefit as carrying a much higher risk of death for the baby. In particularly vitriolic debates, this where the “selfish mother” accusation kicks in.  However… It’s not entirely true. … Read More Making Homebirth Safer in 2019: Part 1- Neonatal Mortality

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Obstetrical Violence: The Forgotten Issue In Bodily Autonomy

This is an old (and yet new) issue. Abusive behavior and treatment of laboring women is pretty old. The early hospitals that promised a safer childbirth hid layers of abuse under a veil of scopolamine. Gone are the days of tying women to beds and blindfolding them during labor. Yet, it is still common practice to treat laboring women abusively. There is a relatively … Read More Obstetrical Violence: The Forgotten Issue In Bodily Autonomy