Uploading prenatal sonogram photographs, tweeting pregnancy experiences, making online photo albums of children from birth, and even creating email addresses for babies – today’s parents are increasingly building digital footprints for their children prior to and from the moment they are born. Almost a quarter (23%) of children begin their digital lives when parents upload their prenatal sonogram scans to the Internet.
The good news about having a baby today is that a wealth of information is readily available: from your provider, on the web, in bookstores, and at the comfort of your phone.
Medical ethics have also changed. The paternalistic and well-meaning “doctor knows best” attitude of a century ago has been replaced with a respect for the autonomy of the birthing woman and an understanding that all women must be provided with information and give consent before medical treatment.
Most midwives and physicians have a strong desire to do just that. However, a few providers, although well-meaning, might provide fear-based, limited information, particularly if a woman is identified as being high-risk. Imagine being told, “unless you have this procedure, your baby might die” without additional information about the actual likelihood of death or disability, or alternatives to the procedure. How would you respond in such a situation? Fortunately, these practices are rare, and, even for women who have identified risk factors, many options and alternatives remain available to her during pregnancy and childbirth.
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