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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11/25/09  9:05 am
Commenter: Amy Ferguson

Preserving my individual choice to know

I fully support true informed consent for all healthcare providers. ALL care providers should offer evidence-based, accurate, UNBIASED information for birthing families to use to make their own educated choices.

I made a well informed decision for  homebirths for 3 of my last 6 children. My only regret was that I was not given the same unbiased information that I recieved for my homebirths as I had in the ob/gyn office.  Had I been given  information from an unbiased prospective during my first 3 pregnancies, I would have had all 6 of my children at home.  I only wish that someone would have taken the time to inform me with truthful and unbiased information about the natural life process that birth truly is.

My request to the board, is to formulate a list of evidence-based informed consents in an unbiased manner and to recognize we will all be better off if we look at the big birth picture....Birth is more often than not a natural and healthy life event that has abundantly supplied earth with human beings for hundreds of years.

Thank you for your time.

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