Autor(en)
Lyerly, Anne Drapkin
Titel
Ethics and “Normal Birth”
Teil von
  • Birth, December 2012, Vol.39(4), pp.315-317
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John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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The concept of “normal birth” has been promoted as ideal by several international organizations, although debate about its meaning is ongoing. In this article, I examine the concept of normalcy to explore its ethical implications and raise a trio of concerns. First, in its emphasis on nonuse of technology as a goal, the concept of normalcy may marginalize women for whom medical intervention is necessary or beneficial. Second, in its emphasis on birth as a socially meaningful event, the mantra of normalcy may unintentionally avert attention to meaning in medically complicated births. Third, the emphasis on birth as a normal and healthy event may be a contributor to the long‐standing tolerance for the dearth of evidence guiding the treatment of illness during pregnancy and the failure to responsibly and productively engage pregnant women in health research. Given these concerns, it is worth debating not just what “normal birth” means, but whether the term as an ideal earns its keep. ( 39:4 December 2012)
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ISSN: 0730-7659
ISSN: 1523-536X
DOI: 10.1111/birt.12008
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Schlagwörter
Ethics, Good Birth, Natural Birth, Normal Birth, Pregnancy
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