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Childbirth, Vulnerability and Law: Exploring Issues of Violence and Control

Edited by: Camilla Pickles, Jonathan Herring

ISBN13: 9780367784256
Published: March 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2019)
Price: £36.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781138335493



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This book is inspired by a statement released by the World Health Organization directed at preventing and eliminating disrespectful and abusive treatment during facility-based childbirth.

Exploring the nature of vulnerability during childbirth, and the factors which make childbirth a site for violence and control, the book looks at the role of law in the regulation of professional intervention in childbirth. The WHO statement and other published work on ‘mistreatment’, ‘obstetric violence’, ‘birth trauma’, ‘birth rape’, and ‘dehumanised care’ all point to the presence of vulnerability, violence, and control in childbirth. This collected edition explores these issues in the experience of those giving birth, and for those providing obstetric services. It further offers insights regarding legal avenues of redress in the context of this emerging area of concern. Using violence, vulnerability, and control as a lens through which to consider multiple facets of the law, the book brings together innovative research from an interdisciplinary selection of authors.

The book will appeal to scholars of law and legal academics, specifically in relation to tort, criminal law, medical law, and human rights. It will also be of interest to postgraduate scholars of medical ethics and those concerned with gender studies more broadly.

Subjects:
Medical Law
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
CAMILLA PICKLES AND JONATHAN HERRING
1. ‘Amigas, sisters: We’re being gaslighted’: obstetric violence and epistemic injustice
SARA COHEN SHABOT
2. Practices of silencing: birth, marginality and epistemic violence
RACHELLE CHADWICK
3. Posttraumatic stress disorder following childbirth
ANTJE HORSCH AND SUSAN GARTHUS-NIEGEL
4. Identifying the wrong in obstetric violence: lessons from domestic abuse
JONATHAN HERRING
5. Midwives and midwifery: the need for courage to reclaim vocation for respectful care
SOO DOWNE AND NANCY STONE
6. Health system accountability in South Africa: a driver of violence against women?
JESSICA RUCELL
7. Human rights law and challenging dehumanisation in childbirth: a practitioner’s perspective
ELIZABETH PROCHASKA
8. Leaving women behind: the application of evidence-based guidelines, law, and obstetric violence by omission
CAMILLA PICKLES
9. Childbirth, consent, and information about options and risks
LISA FORSBERG
10. Court-authorised obstetric intervention: insight and capacity, a tale of loss
SAMANTHA HALLIDAY
11. Obstetric violence through a fiduciary lens
ELIZABETH KUKURA
12. Reflections on criminalising obstetric violence: a feminist perspective
KAREN BRENNAN
Afterword
EMILY JACKSON
Index