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SECTION F: Legal, Policy, Ethical & Economic Context

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I: Policy

Each paper is linked to either its original abstract on PubMed or the full-text article if available; click on the title to be taken to the abstract/ article.

A) Vedam, S. (2012). In search of a common agenda for planned home birth in America. J Perinatal Education, 21(2):67-71, doi:10.1891/1058-1243.21.2.67.  (full text)

B) Dahlen, H., Schmied, V., Tracy, S. K., Jackson, M., Cummings, J., & Priddis, H. (2010). Home birth and the National Australian Maternity Services Review: Too hot to handle? Women and Birth, 24(4):148-155, doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2010.10.002.

C) O’Brien-Pallas, L., Baumann, A., Donner, G., Murphy, G. T., Lochhaas-Gerlach, J., & Luba, M. (2001). Forecasting models for human resources in health care. J Advanced Midwifery, 33(1):120-129.

D) Campbell, R. & MacFarlane, A. (1994). Where to be born? The debate and the evidence, 2nd ed. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit.

II: Cost Effectiveness

A) Schroeder, E., Petrou, S., Patel, N., Hollowell, J., Puddicombe, D., Redshaw, M., & Brocklehurst, P. (2012). Cost effectiveness of alternative planned places of birth in woman at low risk of complications: Evidence from the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study. BMJ, 344:e2292, doi:10.1136/bmj.e2292.  (full text)

B) Henderson, J. & Petrou, S. (2008). Economic implications of home births and birth centers: a structured review. Birth, 35(2):136-46, doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2008.00227.x.

C) Anderson, R. E. & Anderson, D. A. (1999). The cost effectiveness of home birth. J Nurse Midwifery, 44(1):30-5.

III: Legal

A) Dimond, B. (2000). Is there a legal right to a home confinement? Br J Midwifery, 8(5):316-9.

B) Hafner-Eaton, C. & Pearce, L. K. (1994). Birth choices, the law, and medicine: balancing individual freedoms and protection of the public’s health. J Health Polit Policy Law, 19(4):813-35.

IV: Ethics

A) De Vries, R. & Buitendijk, S. E. (2012). Science, safety and place of birth – lessons from the Netherlands. European Obstet & Gynaecol, 7(Suppl 1):13-17.  (full text)

B) Plante, L. (2011). Obstetric ethics: an essential dimension of planned home birth. Obstet & Gynecol, 118(2 Pt 1):357, doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31822678ed.

C) Walsh, D. J. (2010). Childbirth embodiment: problematic aspects of current understandings. Sociol Health Illn, 32(3):486-501, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2009.01207.x.

D) Torres, J. & De Vries, R. G. (2009). Birthing ethics: What mothers, families, childbirth educators, nurses, and physicians should know about the ethics of childbirth. Perinat Educ, 18(1):12–24, doi: 10.1624/105812409X396192.  (full text)

E) Kukla, R., Kuppermann, M., Little, M., Lyerly, A. D., Mitchell, L. M., Amstrong, E. M., & Harris, L. (2009). Finding autonomy in birth. Bioethics, 23(1): 1-8, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00677.x.  (full text)

F) Bell, A. F. (2007). Nurse-midwife and scientist: stuck in the middle? J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nursing, 36(1):71-3.