TITLE

AUTONOMOUS OR AUTOMATONS?EXPLORATION THROUGH HISTORY OF THE CONCEPT OF AUTONOMY IN MIDWIFERY IN SCOTLAND AND NEW ZEALAND

AUTHOR(S)
Fleming, Valerie EM
PUB. DATE
January 1998
SOURCE
Nursing Ethics;Jan1998, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Through the World Health Organization’s definition of midwifery, midwives are frequently heard to describe themselves as autonomous practitioners. In this article this notion is refuted. An overview of individual and collective autonomy is first presented to contextualize the subsequent discussion. Then the notion of autonomy in relation to midwifery practice in Scotland and New Zealand is critiqued through tracing the history of midwives and midwifery in these two countries. Issues relating to midwifery registration, medicalization of birth and consumerism are discussed. Each of these categories is suggested as limiting to autonomous practice within midwifery.
ACCESSION #
4089219

 

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