Informed Consent?

Informed Consent in New Zealand


Initial audience responses at 2 Auckland screenings of the new documentary ‘Freedom For Birth’ , were thankfulness that the maternity system in New Zealand unlike Hungary, the USA and many other nations, offers a full range of birth options;  a choice of Lead Maternity Carer and support of midwifery autonomy. Or does it?

NZ Care Contrary to NZ Law.
However during the film, some audience members’ heads were nodding in acknowledgement of accounts about fear-mongering and other coercive means to gain women’s consent such as when a health professional stood over an exhausted woman and said a cesarean section was the means to end her turmoil ‘now rather than later’. After the film several women spoke of being separated from their babies for observation ‘just in case’ or  the baby going to another hospital where it was given formula with-out the mother’s consent, here in Aotearoa! But none of these incidents are consistent with the New Zealand legal requirements of the Health and Disabilities Commission’s (HDC) Code Of Consumer Rights which all hospitals need to meet to maintain their Ministry Of Health (MOH) funding. According to the HDC Consumer Rights include; Continue reading

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We need to have their hearts before we can open their minds. — Dr Gordon Neufeld
Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves and most of us were taught as children we could not be trusted. — John Holt
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. — Charles Dickens
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. — Ellen Glasgow
The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife. — Norwegian proverb
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength. — Barbara Katz-Rothman
I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet. — Isabel Allende
Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so we can fear less. — Marie Curie
No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception. — Grantly Dick-Read
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. — Frank Zappa