Who Is In Charge of My Birth?(by Page Callison)

See Page’s blog post(her public writing) at www.babesofeden.wordpress.com.


Research Collection

Summary based on the research question: Who is in Charge of My Birth?

  1. ACOG Committee on Ethics, comp. “ACOG Committee Opinion #321: Maternal Decision Making, Ethics, and the Law.” Obstetrics & Gynecology 106.5, Part 1 (2005): 1127-137. Print.


Summary: This writing done by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology explores the ethical dilemma’s physicians may face when they are working with mothers who have “high risk” pregnancies. It explores many different scenarios that could be considered harmful to the mother and fetus and goes on the explore how much control a woman actually has over her body in the childbearing year and the consequences faced when there is a lack of control for the mother and baby.


Commentary: My topic has a lot to do with the ethics revolving around birth and this article has provided me with a lot of really good perspective as well as an understanding of the evolution in Obstetrics and Gynecology over the last decade.


  1. “Become a Midwife.” American College of Nurse-Midwives. Midwives.org. American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.


Summary: “Become a Midwife” discussed the formal training necessary to becoming a Midwife in the United States. It mentioned both Certified Midwives (only legal in very few states) and Certified Nurse Midwives (legal in every state) and the training involved in each path.


Commentary: I wanted to find out more about the amount of training involved in each field within the birth community. The differences were extreme. I have felt some tension and animosity with in the birth room with other professionals with more formal training I think that the level of education and knowing could play into this.


  1. Freeze, Rixa Ann Spencer. “Attitudes towards Home Birth in the USA.” Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology 5.3 (2010): 283-99. Print.


Summary: This piece is about the attitudes of home birth in the USA. It has tons of up to date information about current trends in birth and explores the different opinions of professionals from Ob/GYN, Midwives, childbirth educators and Doula’s.


Commentary: There are lots of great facts and quotes regarding the collaboration of all birth professionals to be on the same page when it comes to assisting women. This is going to be a really important source for me in our next writing because it again ties in to the ethics of birth and how the birth community can work together to change any negative associations in regards to birth.





  1. “DONA International â Birth Doula Certification.” DONA International â Birth Doula Certification. DONA International, 2005. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.


Summary: The DONA website gives information to both mothers on how to find a Doula and the different services they offer. They are also a well-known Training organization for People wanting to get into Doula work.


Commentary: I used the DONA website to find out in depth detail regarding one of the most well know organization of Doula’s and Childbirth educators. I wanted to know what the required training was and how certification was attained.


  1. Kitzinger, Sheila. “Human Rights and Midwifery.” Birth 38.1 (2011): 86-87. Print.


Summary: Sheila Kitzinger is one of the most well-known and respected Midwives in the world. This piece of writing highlights the imprisonment of Midwife Agnes Gereeb of Hungary for attending a home birth. It has a lot of great quotes about the differences in laws regarding homebirth all over the world and is a great call to action.


Commentary: To me, it is really interesting to read something of Sheila Kitzingers and then read something of ACOG because the tone in each is 1000 times different. I am going to explore a little bit about the differences in education levels of different birth attendants in this next writing for the class and I am glad to have found this journal and gained this perspective from an author I recognize and respect.


  1. Murray, Keirse, Neilson, Crowther, Duley, Hodnett, Hofmeyr. “Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Synopsis.” Birth 28:1 March (2001): 36-60.  Print.


Summary: This is a huge piece done on a wide array of topic’s such as: going baby-friendly in inner city hospitals, pregnant women’s perceptions of their nurses role during their labor (I hope to explore a lot on the “nurses role” during childbirth as they are usually the main attendants at a birth), premature babies, breastfeeding – this paper is full of tons of useful information.


Commentary: Primarily I will be focusing on the section regarding the nurses role and the mother-to-be’s reaction and perception of her.


  1.  “What Does a Labor & Delivery Nurse Do?” Nursing Schools. Nursingschools.net, 2012. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.


Summary: This article was about the training and education involved in becoming a labor and delivery nurse.


Commentary: Again, this information was used to find out the differences in education and training for all members of the birth community in order to compare and analyze the dynamic occurring in the birth room.


  1. “What Does FACOG Mean?” American College of Obstetric Gynecologists (2012). Acog.org. American College of Obstetric Gynecologists, June 2012. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.


Summary: This article was about the training and education involved in becoming an OB/GYN Doctor. OB/GYN’s undergo the most training and education of all members of the birth community (totaling 12 years).


Commentary: I knew that it was the case that OB/GYN’s had the most formal education and the most training after their education, it is interesting to me that one of the highest degrees and most challenging career professionals are working alongside other professionals with half the training they have. I feel like the dynamic between everyone in the birth community could be made stronger by these extreme dynamics, but I now have a better understanding of the challenges that lie ahead when it comes to working together and communicating in a way where all parties (mothers included) can be in the know.



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