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Informed Decision Making

 Informed Decsion Making in Maternity Care J Perinat Educ. 2009 Winter; 18(1): 32–40 

By Holly Goldberg, BA (with contributions by Cordelia Hanna, MPH and Tabare Depaep, JD.)


In the United States, federal acts and regulations, as well as professional guidelines, clearly dictate that every pregnant woman has the right to base her maternity care decisions on accurate, up-to-date, comprehensible information. Despite these efforts, evidence suggests that informed consent within current health-care practice is restricted and inconsistently implemented. Patient access to evidence-based research is imperative under the scope of informed consent and is particularly important during a time when perinatal mortality and morbidity rates, interventions, and disparities are on the rise in the United States. This article describes the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services’ investigation of the breakdown of informed consent in maternity care.

Keywords: informed decision making, informed choice, informed consent, childbirth choices, patient decision making

Childbirth Connection’s Listening to Mothers III- Summary of Major Findings: Download PDF

This is the third survey of women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth and postpartum. This survey includes:

  • Planning for Pregnancy and the Pregnancy Experience
  • Women’s Experiences Giving Birth
  • Home with a New Baby
  • Choice, Control, Knowledge, and Decision Making
  • Looking at Important Variations in Experience
  • Trends: Comparing Results Across Listening to Mothers Surveys

Maternal Mortality

Using the Affordable Care Act and Other Opportunities to Address Maternal Mortality, Prepared by Deborah Reid, National Health Law Program. July 23, 2013. Download PDF


Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care  Crisis in the USA (2010) A Report by Amnesty International, highlights the causes of preventable pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. Download PDF:





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