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Perceptions of Risk: How they Influence Women's and Health Professionals' Choices

Nolan, Mary (2015) Perceptions of Risk: How they Influence Women's and Health Professionals' Choices. British Journal of Midwifery, 23 (8). pp. 547-551. ISSN Print: 0969-4900 Online: 2052-4307

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The need to ensure the survival of the species by offering pregnant and labouring women special protection has been expressed in primitive human societies through elaborate rituals and superstitions, and in contemporary society, through the provision of antenatal and intrapartum care by health professionals. Modern maternity services tend to highlight the medical risks of pregnancy and birth. Women, however, may place such risks in a broader context which includes risks to their emotional wellbeing and therefore, to their capacity to bond with their baby. Given current understanding of the importance of the first 1000 days of a baby's life, women's desire to have a labour that does not jeopardise this early relationship, is entirely logical. While both health professionals and women are dedicated to ensuring the safety of mother and baby, their definitions of 'risk'may sometimes lead to women's decision-making being contested and the need for 'negotiation of disagreement'

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: obstetric care, child birth, patient safety, risk, decision making, culture, risk assessment, pregnancy, birth
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2019 19:35
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:31

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