Know Your Rights (Mother May I, Individual)


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Cristen Pascucci has taught workshops around the U.S. about our rights in maternity care, as well as put obstetric violence in national news.  She co-created a legal hotline for people facing threats to the rights in birth, spearheaded multiple consumer-based campaigns to boost awareness, including Improving Birth’s #BreaktheSilence and the Exposing the Silence Project, and has been involved in nearly every significant lawsuit related to obstetric violence in the last few years.  She hosts Birth Allowed Radio, a frank look at what birthing people and birth professionals are seeing in the delivery room, and is currently working on a documentary film. Cristen is passionate about educating medical providers, birth workers, and the public about women’s rights in childbirth and boldly advocating for those rights to be put into practice.

In Know Your Rights: Legal and Human Rights in Childbirth, we will cover:

  • Human rights in childbirth–what it means and the landmark European case that articulated this definition with respect to privacy
  • Informed consent and refusal–what this human and legal right means and ACOG’s position on it, common violations, and obstetric violence
  • Factors in how our rights are treated in birth–Tradition, Policies & Protocols, Paternalism, so-called Maternal-Fetal Conflict, Provider Preference or Practice Style, Liability, Provider Trauma, and “Othering” & Racial Bias
  • Enforcement of Rights–hospital and state board complaint processes, legal options, recent important cases
  • Solutions–immediate and long-term

Your online course includes:

  • One-hour video course
  • Downloadable handouts for use with clients
  • Course reference and resource list
  • Bonus video with obstetric violence survivors and plaintiffs Caroline Malatesta, Kimberly Turbin, and Lindsay Switzer discussing the experience of bringing their lawsuits
  • Evaluation and quiz for 1.5 nursing contact hours through Evidence Based Birth®, an approved provider with the Kentucky Board of Nursing (accepted by most doula and childbirth educator organizations; can also be used towards the CPM credential)


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