Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Midwives [18 VAC 85 ‑ 130]
Action Disclosure requirements for high-risk pregnancies
Comment Period Ended on 11/25/2009
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11/12/09  2:39 am
Commenter: Jenne Alderks, Solace for Mothers, Inc.

Upholding Women's Right to Consent

I commend the State for Virginia for working to ensure that women are supplied with accurate, unbiased information upon which to make their decisions regarding their child's birth setting. Providing the hallmarks of informed consent will protect women from the psychological trauma that results when women are stripped of their right to self-determination. Midwives are known for their adherence to the principles of informed consent, and those attending births in hospital settings would do well to heed their example and hold themselves to the same standard that the State of Virginia is seeking for homebirth midwives.

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