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Informed Consent - How to Change an Informed Consent
Kitty Ernst, CNM, MPH
The informed consent in a birthing center is different from any informed consent that I've ever seen developed. First, it explains in detail what the birth center is capable of doing and what it is not capable of doing; the kind of situations it can handle and the kind of situations that will need hospitalization. It has a glossary that explains all the words that you might not understand; it's like a little dictionary. It has a list of responsibilities, the things that are your responsibility in your care during pregnancy, birth and after the birth, and the things that are the responsibility of your caregiver, your doctor or your midwife.
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) carries a wallet size card by Penny Simkin "Questions to Ask When a Treatment or Procedure is Recommended." For information on ordering, please contact ICEA Bookmarks at 800-624-4934.