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  10:36 am
Commenter: Freeda Cathcart, Mothers United for Midwifery

Protect individual's choice based on informed consent

In order to have true informed consent the evidence based research must be compiled from quality studies.  Often politics plays into the summary of studies.  The summaries are influenced by the people who commissioned the studies or the researchers who were hoping the research would prove a certain aspect but the evidence proved another aspect.  Mothers will only have the ability to make true informed consent when they are able to access the evidence revealed in studies themselves.  Then the health care providers need to be respectful of the mother's conclusion and the law needs to honor her choice.  The mother is the one with the highest motive to protect the health of her baby and her own body.

Thank you for the work of providing mothers with a data base of quality evidence based research.

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