How the concept of risk influences maternity care

Birth workers inherently assess and manage risk as part of their role. The concept of risk and the definition of safety in birth are a complex and sometimes paradoxical discussion which is strongly influenced by bias and perception.

Risk influences the birth settings we are offered.

Risk influences the choice to intervene.

Risk doesn’t always consider the emotional and mental wellbeing of mothers.

Risk can detach us from our cultural ways of birthing, especially in rural and remote areas.