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#1 of 3 Old 08-27-2013, 04:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
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If anyone is familiar with The Belmont Report, this quote will be very familiar. However, the phrase "the birthing mother's autonomy" is used frequently when discussing her ability to make decisions for herself and her baby.

 

In light your perception of a birthing woman's autonomy and information provided by her midwife, would anyone like to comment on this quote from the Belmont Report?

 

"To respect autonomy is to give weight to the autonomous person's considered opinions and choices while refraining from obstructing his or her actions..." – The Belmont Report


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I am not familiar with the Belmont Report, but I really like the quote!


 
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Here is a link to wikipedia explaining the Belmont Report. It was developed in response to deceitful research practices.

However, I found the dichotomy of the quote interesting. It seems that health care providers lean too far to one side or the other. I am hoping we can discuss what the two opposing ends are and how to meet in the middle for the best outcomes.


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