Be As You Wish To Seem: Tragedy, triumphalism and toxicity in maternity services

Elizabeth Sutton, Harsha Ananthram, Nadine Montgomery, Rebecca Matthews

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Women aspire to positive birth experiences and expect a live baby in their arms at the end of this process. In their Comment, Hannah Dahlen and colleagues (July, 2022)1 proclaim that women are so poorly served by current models that the aspirations of birthing women have been “set at immediate survival”. The 2022 Ockenden report highlighted that a fixation on reducing the number of caesarean sections meant that survival was more than what many women could expect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1237
Number of pages1
JournalThe Lancet Global Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2022


  • midwifery
  • birth
  • Ideology
  • health service management
  • models of care

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