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Obstetric violence in Brazil

4 April 2014

This week a court in Brazil authorised the forcible removal of a woman from her home and the performance of a cesarean section against her will. You can read the Brazilian news reports here, translated here. The justification? An obstetrician … Continue reading

Listen to our birth & motherhood seminar

16 March 2014

Missed our first Birth and Motherhood seminar at The Open University? You can listen to a recording of the event in full below. Note – MP3 not supported on Firefox browsers. Your browser does not support this audio format. The … Continue reading

Taking responsiblity for fetal alcohol syndrome: Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case

5 February 2014

Elizabeth Prochaska discusses the recent court decision about criminal compensation for fetal alcohol disorder Recent reports of a legal case concerning compensation for children affected by fetal alcohol syndrome raised the worrying prospect that women might be criminalised for drinking … Continue reading

‘Captured womb’: feminism, childbirth and motherhood

4 February 2014

Deborah Talbot explores the relationship between birthing experiences and the transition to motherhood. Ann Oakley wrote in her seminal work on childbirth and motherhood, Women Confined, that ‘the medicalisation of childbirth has changed the subjective experience of reproduction altogether, making … Continue reading

Another court-ordered cesarean case

30 January 2014

It is rare to hear of court-ordered c-sections in the UK, but the second such case in recent months has just been reported. The High Court ordered that a c-section could be performed on a woman suffering severe mental health … Continue reading

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