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Ethics and "normal birth".
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23281952     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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The concept of "normal birth" has been promoted as ideal by several international organizations, although debate about its meaning is ongoing. In this article, I examine the concept of normalcy to explore its ethical implications and raise a trio of concerns. First, in its emphasis on nonuse of technology as a goal, the concept of normalcy may marginalize women for whom medical intervention is necessary or beneficial. Second, in its emphasis on birth as a socially meaningful event, the mantra of normalcy may unintentionally avert attention to meaning in medically complicated births. Third, the emphasis on birth as a normal and healthy event may be a contributor to the long-standing tolerance for the dearth of evidence guiding the treatment of illness during pregnancy and the failure to responsibly and productively engage pregnant women in health research. Given these concerns, it is worth debating not just what "normal birth" means, but whether the term as an ideal earns its keep. (BIRTH 39:4 December 2012).
Authors:
Anne Drapkin Lyerly
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-11-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Birth (Berkeley, Calif.)     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1523-536X     ISO Abbreviation:  Birth     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302042     Medline TA:  Birth     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2012, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Affiliation:
Social Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States; Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.
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