Thursday, May 12, 2011

Online Article About Midwifery Liability Generates Hundreds of Comments

Slate.com posted an article on May 9, 2011 titled, "When a Home Birth Ends in Tragedy, Can the Midwife Go to Jail?" At this time of this blog post, over 400 readers voiced their comments. Though the article is certainly intriguing, it has been overshadowed by the readers' responses. Clearly struck a nerve, but also gives us a snapshot of the polarization around contemporary midwifery. Why are doctors and midwives, who are presumably collaborators in providing health care options, so often perceived to be diametrically opposed to one another?

Chapter 8 of Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice, Working With Other Professionals, focuses on the ethical responsibilities we have not only to clients/patients, but also to other health care providers. We wish we could post the whole chapter as a comment to the Slate article!

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