Letters

Interventions in childbirth

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.754c (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:754

Medical intervention is not synonymous with loss of dignity

  1. Kathryn M Grady, Consultant anaesthetist
  1. South Manchester University Hospitals' Trust, Manchester M23 9LT

    EDITOR,—In her effort to empathise and share the experience of childbirth with her daughter in law, Ann Oakley (a professor of social science) offers a one sided view of care in labour.1 I can assume only that her personal involvement has caused her to be unable to appraise the event with objectivity or professionalism.

    Although, as a sociologist, Oakley has witnessed many labours, she repeatedly …

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