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'She can't come here!' Ethics and the case of birth centre admission policy in the UK

Scamell, M. (2014). 'She can't come here!' Ethics and the case of birth centre admission policy in the UK. Journal of Medical Ethics, 40(12), pp. 813-816. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101847

Abstract

Using ethnographic data lifted from an investigation into midwifery talk and practice in the South of England, this paper sets out to interrogate the ethics underpinning current admission policy for Free Standing (midwifery led) Birth Centres in the UK. The aim of this interrogation is to contest the grounds upon which birth centres admissions are managed, particularly the over-reliance on abstract calculations of risk—far removed from the material lived experience of the mother wishing to access these birth centre services.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12741
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