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Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending January 24th

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Three out of four of this week’s best blogs follow a theme of patient autonomy. Great stuff! Enjoy.

Birth Sense – Amazing Empowered Birth Story: A Hmong women refuses a cesarean for cultural reasons and a doctor responds by respecting her autonomy. He writes, “However, because I was willing to bend a great deal in order to respect her autonomy, she was able to achieve her goal of avoiding an operation… From Se, I learned how important respect for autonomy is in the doctor-patient relationship.  I will remember her always.” Wow.

At Your Cervix – Guest Blog: Maria Rodriguez, MD, Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health: An Ob/Gyn reflects on respecting a patient’s decision to go home despite medical advice.

Science & Sensibility – Are Consumers at the Bottom of the Evidence Pyramid? “Consumers are the least powerful contingent in the health care system, even though our knowledge, attitudes and actions could be the most important influence on our own health and safety. It’s time for major paradigm shifts in research, policy, and practice.” ‘Nough said.

Navelgazing Midwife – Labor: A Visual Guide: A midwife’s perspective and experience on the labor process. Lots of great insight here!

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