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Journal Vol. 11, No. 4 — The Safety of Hospital Birth - The myth versus the reality

ISSN 0256-5004 (Print)

The Safety of Hospital Birth - The myth versus the reality

Over-Medicated and Under-informed
What are the consequences for birthing women? It is not necessary to remind readers of the circumstances which empower a women to give birth sucessfully. Birthing in her own surroundings, attended by people she knows and loves, having confidence in her ability to birth the baby and having confidence in a skilled practitioner who will be responsive to her needs and supportive of her decisions.

Ethical Research

Bad Habits - a poor basis for medical policy
In this article, Marsden Wagner, formerly the Regional Officer for Women's and Children's Health at the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization, looks at the origins of and continuing problems caused by the widening gap between maternity practice based on sound evidence and practice which is based on peer approval.

Ultrasound - weighing the propaganda against the facts
Beverley Lawrence Beech's critical review of ultrasound research. Full-length occasional paper available here; an abridged version was published in the AIMS Journal.

Ultrasound - More powerful, more dangerous, more unethical
When Professor Stuart Campbell says he is worried about the way ultrasound is being used on Jean Robinson, a veteran member of research ethics committees, describes some recent studies on ultrasound exposure, and asks what the ethical costs are.

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