Informed Consent, with Cristen Pascucci

During pregnancy and birth, it has somehow become OK for others to tell those giving birth, what they can and cannot do with their bodies, even when being subjected to unsafe care and in violation of their human and legal rights. So what can you do about it? Cristen Pascucci tells us more. Check it out!

 

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What we talked about:

  • What is informed consent in childbirth?
  • What about the baby?
  • How can you put that into practice during your birth?
  • Choose early, choose wisely, change if needed
  • What if you are not being heard?
  • The vital role of the birth partner
  • Getting a neutral third party to bear witness
  • Reassuring your nurse
  • The truth about hospital policy
  • Birth plan as a communication tool
  • Language red-flags: because “you are not allowed to not allow me”
  • Are we in a better place than 4 years ago?
  • ACOG’s more recent policies recognizing the laboring mom as key part of the decision making
  • The recent Malatesta trial in Alabama, it’s outcome, and thoughts on Obstetrical Violence

 

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About Cristen Pascucci

After the birth of her son in 2011, Cristen left a career in public affairs to study American maternity care and women’s rights within it. In 2012, she joined ImprovingBirth as vice president, spearheading a multi-year grassroots media strategy to get the maternity care crisis in national news, creating a legal advocacy hotline for pregnant women, and raising awareness around obstetric violence through consumer campaigns, including 2014’s #BreaktheSilence. Cristen has helped organize, strategize, and publicize major lawsuits related to obstetric violence in hospitals. She is co-creator of the Exposing the Silence Project and host of Birth Allowed Radio. As founder of Birth Monopoly, Cristen advocates for a freer maternity care market, working closely with leading national advocates, organizations, and birth lawyers, as well as educating the public and healthcare providers about women’s human and legal rights in childbirth. After six years of full-time work on the issue of obstetric violence, Cristen is now working on a documentary film on the subject: Mother May I?

Find out more at BirthMonopoly.com or join the conversation on Facebook.com/birthmonopoly

 

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