Informed Consent, with Cristen Pascucci
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #96
During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out!
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What we talked about:
- What is informed consent in childbirth?
- What about the baby?
- How can you put that into practice during your birth?
- Choose early, choose wisely, change if needed
- What if you are not being heard?
- The vital role of the birth partner
- Getting a neutral third party to bear witness
- Reassuring your nurse
- The truth about hospital policy
- Birth plan as a communication tool
- Language red-flags: because “you are not allowed to not allow me”
- Are we in a better place than 4 years ago?
- ACOG’s more recent policies recognizing the laboring mom as key part of the decision making
- The recent Malatesta trial in Alabama, it’s outcome, and thoughts on Obstetrical Violence
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Fabulous resources mentioned in the show*:
- Birth Monopoly Tools: including “The Empowered Consumer: Communication in the Hospital”, and “The Empowered Consumer: Hospital Policy” PDFs. (Free with email subscription – scroll to the bottom of the page)
- Mastering Respectful Confrontation: A Guide to Personal Freedom and Empowered, Collaborative Engagement, by Joe Weston
- MarchForMoms.org – for more info on the rally and lobbying day in DC on Mother’s Day weekend
- The Malatesta Trial: Mom Sues for Bait & Switch in Maternity Care
- Obstetrician Ethics: Awesome Guidelines from the National OBs’ Group
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)’s most recent Committee Opinion on “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth”; in conjunction with The American College of Nurse–Midwives and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
A former communications strategist at a top public affairs firm in Baltimore, Maryland, Cristen Pascucci is the founder of Birth Monopoly, U.S. partner with Human Rights in Childbirth, co-creator of the Exposing the Silence Project, and, from 2012 to 2016, vice president of national advocacy organization Improving Birth. She has run an emergency hotline for women facing threats to their legal rights in childbirth, created a viral consumer campaign to “Break the Silence” on trauma and abuse in childbirth, and helped put obstetric violence and the maternity care crisis in national media. Today, she is a leading voice for women giving birth, speaking around the country and consulting privately for consumers and professionals on issues related to birth rights and options.
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