Women's autonomy in childbirth

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.488 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:488

Courts should also take evidence from obstetric anaesthetists

  1. Anita Holdcroft, Reader in anaesthesiaa
  1. a Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London W12 0HS
  2. b University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    Editor—In the debate on consent for caesarean section where is the voice of the anaesthetist forced to give a general anaesthetic to the unwilling mother?1 Or perhaps the anaesthetists were willing accomplices? So far I have met no obstetric anaesthetist who would participate in this scenario. Were the risks of general anaesthesia presented to the courts that sanctioned …

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