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In this column, a reader challenges the idea that choice in childbirth is a myth. The ways in which women's choices in childbirth are undermined are explored. The relationship between choice, autonomy, and decision-making is discussed. Autonomy is considered as a foundation for decision-making and an important way to make birth safer for mothers and babies. Strategies for increasing autonomy within the framework of childbirth education are presented.
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Keywords: autonomy; childbirth education; choice; informed decision-making; safety; trusting relationships

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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