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Women in the driving seat: birth centre insights

Deery, Ruth, Jones, Pat and Phillips, Mari (2007) Women in the driving seat: birth centre insights. Practising Midwife, 10 (5). pp. 23-27. ISSN 1461-3123

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    Birth centres seek to promote
    physiological childbirth by
    recognising, respecting and
    safeguarding normal birth processes.This
    philosophy enableswomen and their
    families to experience a positive start to
    parenthood (Kirkham2003a).Midwives are
    also able to practise ‘realmidwifery’
    (Kirkham2003b: 14). Indeed,when there is
    no risk tomother or baby, themother should
    be the personwho decideswhere her birth
    will take place (DoH2004).Astructured
    reviewof birth centres carried out byWalsh
    and Downe (2004) found that five studies
    reported benefits towomen choosing to
    birth their babies in freestanding birth
    centres.There is alsowell-documented
    evidence that home births andmidwife-led
    care are safe options forwomen (Tew1998,
    Walsh 2000, van derHulst et al 2004).

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    Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of The Practising Midwife, published by © Practising Midwife
    Uncontrolled Keywords: midwifery; birth; women; birth centre;
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
    R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2008 09:47
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