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Saturday, December 12, 2009

BC College of Physicians verdict on Home births

To Quote one of my favourite child birth experts Gloria Lemay:

"I never thought I'd see the day. College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC are recognizing that homebirth is a safe choice and that women are grown up enough to be respected for their choices. Major miracle."

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Planned Home Births

Fundamental Responsibilities
1. Consider first the wellbeing of the patient.
2. Practice the profession of medicine in a manner that treats the patient with dignity and as a person worthy of respect.
Responsibilities to the Patient
12. Inform your patient when your personal values would influence the recommendation or practice of any medical procedure that the patient needs or wants.
17. In providing medical service, do not discriminate against any patient on such grounds as age, gender, marital status, medical condition, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. This does not abrogate the physician's right to refuse to accept a patient for legitimate reasons.
21. Provide your patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their medical care, and answer their questions to the best of your ability.
22. Make every reasonable effort to communicate with your patients in such a way that information exchanged is understood.
24. Respect the right of a competent patient to accept or reject any medical care recommended.
Here to read the entire PDF document