Women want an active say in birth

Too many women during pregnancy and in childbirth are not being adequately informed about the benefits and risks of medical interventions, an Australian study shows.

While there is a growing emphasis on encouraging all patients to be part of the decision-making process, research has found that during the perinatal and intrapartum periods, a significant number of women are being left in the dark.

More than 3,500 patients undergoing ultrasound scans, blood tests, vaginal examinations,