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Evaluation of Defensive Medicine Practices in Birth According to Patient Rights and Code of Ethics for Midwives

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Ondokuz Mayıs Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Ebelik Bölümü, Samsun, Türkiye

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İstanbul Üniversitesi-Cerrahpaşa, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Ebelik Bölümü, İstanbul Türkiye

Arch Health Sci Res 2019; 6: 610-620
DOI: 10.5152/hsp.2019.523978
Read: 3107 Downloads: 1033 Published: 01 October 2019

Birth is medicated as a side effect of the modern perspective in health care and is perceived as a birth disorder by ignoring the fact that birth is a physiological and natural process. Aggressive interventions in the natural flow of birth, combined with fear of malpractice, paved the way for the application of defensive medicine. Birth is a natural physiological process, and external interventions affect the normal course of birth. However, currently, many interventions routinely performed by the medical team without evidence-based intervention are treated as a disease and intervene in the natural progression of labor. The aim of this review was to examine defensive interventions (oral intake, frequent vaginal key, continuous fetal monitoring, synthetic oxytocin use, amniotomy, lack of emotional support, lithotomy position in the second stage of labor, and episiotomy) that are not based on evidence and are routines in the labor and delivery process with respect to patient rights and code of ethics for midwives. 

Cite this article as: Barol Kurtoğlu Z,Kaya N. Evaluation of Defensive Medicine Practices in Birth According toPatient Rights and Code of Ethics for Midwives. Journal of Health Science andProfession 2019; 6(3): 610-20.

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