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The MANA Study (Part 12)

Honest Midwife

The MANA Study   Cheney et al: In 2014, Cheney et al published “Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004-2009” (AKA “the MANA study”) in the

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Why? (Part 15)


Why?   In my new life as a student of psychology, I want to understand why people make the decisions that they do. The research is clear that nonhospital birth with a midwife reduces obstetric interventions but substantially increases risk

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Original Survey Research (Part 16)


Original Survey Research In the winter of 2015 I conducted an online survey of 1,057 women regarding their experiences, attitudes, and beliefs regarding nonhospital births. These women were recruited via Facebook, including in groups that targeted women interested in the

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Justification (Part 17)

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Justification   Why are women so overwhelmingly satisfied with nonhospital birth? It is likely that the answer lies in the unavailability of effective pain control. This may sound ridiculous on its face: how could a more painful experience lead to

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More Justification (Part 19)


More Justification   Self-justification kicks into overdrive when we have made an important decision, especially when that decision is irrevocable. As Tavris and Aronson state, “The more costly a decision, in terms of time, money, effort, or inconvenience, and the

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