The rise of the unregulated birth worker in Australia: the canary flees the coal mine

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Rigg, Elizabeth. 2020. "The rise of the unregulated birth worker in Australia: the canary flees the coal mine." Dahlen, Hannah, Kumar-Hazard, Bashi and Schmied, Virginia (ed.) Birthing outside the system: the canary in the coal mine. Australia. Routledge. pp. 117-135
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The rise of the unregulated birth worker in Australia: the canary flees the coal mine

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleBirthing outside the system: the canary in the coal mine
Authors
AuthorRigg, Elizabeth
EditorsDahlen, Hannah, Kumar-Hazard, Bashi and Schmied, Virginia
Page Range117-135
SeriesRoutledge Research in Nursing and Midwifery
Chapter Number5
Number of Pages14
Year2020
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9781138592704
Web Address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/Birthing-Outside-the-System-The-Canary-in-the-Coal-Mine-1st-Edition/Dahlen-Hazard-Schmied/p/book/9781138592704
Abstract

Description: This book investigates why women choose ‘birth outside the system’ and makes connections between women’s right to choose where they birth and violations of human rights within maternity care systems.

Choosing to birth at home can force women out of mainstream maternity care, despite research supporting the safety of this option for low-risk women attended by midwives. When homebirth is not supported as a birthplace option, women will defy mainstream medical advice, and if a midwife is not available choose either an unregulated care provider or birth without assistance. This book examines the circumstances and drivers behind why women nevertheless choose homebirth by bringing legal and ethical perspectives together with the latest research on high-risk homebirth (breech and twin births), free birth, birth with unregulated care providers and the oppression of midwives who support unorthodox choices. Stories from women who have pursued alternatives in Australia, Europe, Russia, the UK, the US, Canada, the Middle East and India are woven through the research.

Insight and practical strategies are shared by doctors, midwives, lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists on how to manage the tension between professional obligations and women’s right to bodily autonomy. This book, the first of its kind, is an important contribution to considerations of place of birth and human rights in childbirth.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420401. Clinical midwifery
420402. Models of care and place of birth
420499. Midwifery not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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