Canadian midwives issue statement on elective Caesarean section.
CAM's statement continues by expressing concern about the current 'mechanical and fragmented vision of the body and birth and ... our society's "culture of fear" around childbirth'. The rising intervention levels demonstrate the extent to which the 'epidemic of risk' has spread in maternity care. Research on 'Caesarean section by request' clearly shows that anxiety and fear play a major role and that these factors can he addressed by more effective means than by surgery. The firm conclusion is that 'offering all women the choice of Caesarean section is not safe and not ethical'.
The whole statement ends with a challenge to midwives (and perhaps to women too): To build maternity care that is truly women centered will require beginning with the fundamentals: trusting women and supporting their ability to trust themselves, their bodies and the birth process'.
Canadian Association of Midwives, Position statement on elective cesarean section, June 2004. Visit http://members.rogers.com/canadianmidwives
Report by Lillian Bondo, president, Danish Association of Midwives; Kit Dynnes Hansen, vice president, Danish Association of Midwives; Anne Marie Kjeldset, editor, Danish Midwifery Journal
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2004|
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