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Do birthing options really exist?
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PMID:  17273259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
In this column, the author answers the question, "Is choosing to give birth naturally a realistic option in today's birth environment?" Women's choices of health care provider and place of birth are limited by the general belief that birth is safe only in the hospital and when managed by obstetric medicine. In the typical hospital environment, women rarely have access to the wide variety of comfort measures and the continuous emotional and physical support required to give birth naturally. Routine care practices further limit women's birthing options. The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services' document, the "Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative," offers direction for creating birth environments that ensure options for women who choose to give birth naturally.
J A Lothian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal education : an ASPO/Lamaze publication     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1058-1243     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Educ     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301158     Medline TA:  J Perinat Educ     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  viii-xi     Citation Subset:  -    
J udith L othian is a childbirth educator in Brooklyn, New York, and the Chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. She is also an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
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