Calls to a home birth helpline: empowerment in childbirth.

  title={Calls to a home birth helpline: empowerment in childbirth.},
  author={Rebecca Shaw and Celia Kitzinger},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={61 11},
In the UK a woman has the right to decide to give birth at home, irrespective of whether she is expecting her first or a subsequent child and of any perceived 'risk' factors. However, the rate of home births in the UK is very low (around 2%), varies widely across the country and many women do not know how to arrange midwifery cover. The Home Birth helpline is a UK-based voluntary organisation offering support and information for women planning a home birth. In order to gain direct access to the… CONTINUE READING

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