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Persuasion: The Key to Changing Women's Ideas About Birth

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Although standard maternity care is not evidence-based and, in many cases, increases risks for mothers and babies, few women make birth decisions that reflect this knowledge. This column discusses persuasion as a way to change women's ideas about safe, healthy birth. The relationship between persuasion and choice is discussed, and the differences between presenting information and persuading women that natural birth is the safest and healthiest way to give birth are explored.
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Keywords: childbirth education; evidence-based maternity care; healthy birth; informed decision making; natural birth; persuasion; safe birth; simple birth

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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