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Soo Downe, BA(Hons), RM, MSc, PhD, OBE

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom

She is currently the Chair of EU COST Action (IS1405) including 31 countries and over 120 scientists from a wide range of disciplines. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organisation, and of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council of the White Ribbon Alliance, a member of the Steering Group for the recent Lancet Midwifery Series, and of the Advisory Group for the current Lancet Stillbirth Series. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group of the current World Health Organisation antenatal guidelines development project, and is a contributer to the new WHO Intrapartum and Reducing Caesarean Section guidelines.

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“Any colour as long as it is rose-tinted’’: the meaning of informed choice when women don’t have access to evidence based care provision
As Henry Ford famously said to customers wanting to buy the first Ford cars: ‘you can have any colour as long as it is black’. Informed choice is a mantra for health care in many countries. In theory, it is commonly assumed to be the optimal ethical and moral approach in maternity care, where most women are healthy, and where they are autonomous adults. However, the term ‘giving informed choice’ is problematic. This presentation will examine each of the three words in this phrase (‘giving’; ‘information’; and ‘choice’) to unpack the meaning and implications of each. It will then discuss whether the notion of informed choice can truly benefit women and babies when, in many countries, the choices are limited, or only between alternatives that are not evidence based and that might even be harmful . The presentation will conclude with possible solutions and ways forward in relation to this issue.
Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Birth Advocacy, Evidence-Based Care