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Choice, Informed Consent and Risk-Managing Women’s Care Choices in the Absence of Midwifery Supervision: The Birth Choice Clinic

Sonmezer, Ellie (2017) Choice, Informed Consent and Risk-Managing Women’s Care Choices in the Absence of Midwifery Supervision: The Birth Choice Clinic. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 27 (3). ISSN 0961-5555

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Abstract

Women with ‘low-risk’ pregnancies are largely encouraged through research and national policy to deliver in midwifery-led units or at home; however, the majority continue to attend consultant-led hospital settings. Much research exists to support midwives in facilitating informed choice but it has been identified that midwives are often influenced by internal and external factors when providing this and that time constraints can hinder the process. Supervisors of midwives (SoM) provide a complex care planning service to women. However, with SoM removed from statute and the new Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement (A-EQUIP) model not yet widely operational, a ‘gap’ area has been identified as a potential concern. This ‘gap’ is complex care planning with women. In response to national changes, an alternative approach at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust to SoM providing complex care planning is the Birth Choice Clinic.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in MIDIRS Midwifery Digest on 1st September 2017.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: midwifery supervision, women's care choices, informed consent and risk, the birth choice clinic
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Ellie Sonmezer
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 09:12
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 09:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5924

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