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Abstract: Reasoning well about risk is most challenging when a woman is pregnant, for patient and doctor alike. During pregnancy, we tend to note the risks of medical interventions without adequately noting those of failing to intervene, yet when it’s time to give birth, interventions are seldom questioned, even when they don’t work. Meanwhile, outside the clinic, advice given to pregnant women on how to stay healthy in everyday life can seem capricious and overly cautious. This kind of reasoning reflects fear, not evidence.
Publication Date: 2009
Citation: Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Lisa M. Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Lisa H. Harris, Rebecca Kukla, Miriam Kuppermann, Margaret Olivia Little. (2009). Risk and the Pregnant Body. Hastings Center Report, 39 (6), 34 - 42. doi:10.1353/hcr.0.0211
DOI: doi:10.1353/hcr.0.0211
EISSN: 1552-146X
Pages: 34 - 42
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Hastings Center Report
Version: Author's manuscript

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