Journal article

Maternal bodies and medicines: a commentary on risk and decision-making of pregnant and breastfeeding women and health professionals

Karalyn McDonald, Lisa H Amir, Mary-Ann Davey

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The perceived risk/benefit balance of prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, as well as complementary therapies, will significantly impact on an individual's decision-making to use medicine. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, this weighing of risks and benefits becomes immensely more complex because they are considering the effect on two bodies rather than one. Indeed the balance may lie in opposite directions for the mother and baby/fetus. The aim of this paper is to generate a discussion that focuses on the complexity around risk, responsibility and decision-making of medicine use by pregnant and breastfeeding women. We will also consider the competing discou..

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