BlogTalkRadio: Informed Consent and Informed Refusal

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When Karen Angstadt of Intentional Birth asked if I would like to be a guest on her radio show, I asked “Are you sure? I tend to babble.” She said yes and we set a date for our chat on Expectations Radio.

I made notes and started to get very nervous about 45 minutes before the interview. After ten minutes into the show, I felt better. Not surprisingly, the notes went out the window and I feel like we touched on a lot of material but didn’t really dig deeply into it. After the hour show was over, we kept chatting for another hour which is also available on the podcast. If you make it through all two hours YOU ARE HARDCORE.

The show is available to download or listen to on your computer on BlogTalkRadio. I know there are loads of gaps in our discussion of informed consent and informed refusal because of time constraints and my general allovertheplaceness. Please point out any and all things that you think should also be covered when it comes to informed consent and refusal.

Thank you for the lovely advice on Facebook, particularly “Don’t drop an F-bomb” and “Look sharp because radio listeners can tell what you look like.”


Here are some supplemental links to information on informed consent and refusal:

Childbirth Connection: Informed Decision Making, Informed Consent or Refusal

Childbirth Connection: The Rights of Childbearing Women

International Cesarean Awareness Network: Your Right to Refuse

Lamaze International: Making Tough Decisions Without All the Facts: How Inadequate Informed Consent Puts Childbearing Families at Risk

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

American Medical Association: Informed Consent

ACOG Committee Opinion No. 321: Maternal Decison Making, Ethics and the Law



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