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Free Content Choice, Autonomy, and Childbirth Education

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Abstract:

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.

Keywords: autonomy; childbirth education; choice; informed decision-making; safety; trusting relationships

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812408X266278

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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