Childbirth practice should take women's wishes into account

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1557a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1557
  1. Ann Oakley
  1. Director Social Science Research Unit, University of London Institute of Education, London WC1H 0NS

    EDITOR,—I was interested to read Kathryn M Grady's and Charles Essex's letters about my personal view of the experience of becoming a grandmother.1 Unfortunately, the BMJ's convention for personal views is that scientific references are not included. I had included some references in the original version of my article, including one to the evidence assembled and analysed by the international Cochrane Collaboration. These data suggest that the presence of a supportive birth …

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