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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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Cristen Pascucci

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.

Find out more at BirthMonopoly.com or join the conversation on Facebook.com/birthmonopoly

 

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Title music:Vibe Aceby Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

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