The rise of the unregulated birth worker in Australia: the canary flees the coal mine

Rigg, Elizabeth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2281-9749 (2020) The rise of the unregulated birth worker in Australia: the canary flees the coal mine. In: Birthing outside the system: the canary in the coal mine. Routledge Research in Nursing and Midwifery. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Australia, pp. 117-135. ISBN 9781138592704


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This book investigates why women choose ‘birth outside the system’ and makes connections between women’s right to choose where they birth and violations of human rights within maternity care systems.

Choosing to birth at home can force women out of mainstream maternity care, despite research supporting the safety of this option for low-risk women attended by midwives. When homebirth is not supported as a birthplace option, women will defy mainstream medical advice, and if a midwife is not available choose either an unregulated care provider or birth without assistance. This book examines the circumstances and drivers behind why women nevertheless choose homebirth by bringing legal and ethical perspectives together with the latest research on high-risk homebirth (breech and twin births), free birth, birth with unregulated care providers and the oppression of midwives who support unorthodox choices. Stories from women who have pursued alternatives in Australia, Europe, Russia, the UK, the US, Canada, the Middle East and India are woven through the research.

Insight and practical strategies are shared by doctors, midwives, lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists on how to manage the tension between professional obligations and women’s right to bodily autonomy. This book, the first of its kind, is an important contribution to considerations of place of birth and human rights in childbirth.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:53
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4204 Midwifery > 420401 Clinical midwifery
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4204 Midwifery > 420402 Models of care and place of birth
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4204 Midwifery > 420499 Midwifery not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230499 Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37141

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