Risk: what is to be done?

birth related risk assessment“[R]isk has come to be defined as narrowly as possible, while there is a real and growing sense of concrete risks which overwhelm the poorer and more vulnerable on a daily basis. Within what Nicolas Rose, another sociologist calls the ‘neoliberal logic’, risk management and risk reduction have ‘come to replace other forms of professional action and judgement’.

What is to be done? We need to get skilled-up about the weaknesses of these risk discourses that inevitably support institutions over the individual midwife working with women in need of the best possible care.

We need to strengthen local actions to bring together once more voice, agency and evidence on the part of women, midwives and obstetricians in our communities, to make space politically. Above all, we need not to be afraid of being political in order to secure better practices that reflect our principles about birth. We must do this collectively, and very quickly.”

– Jo Murphy-Lawless


Blue Murphy-Lawless

Murphy-Lawless J (2016) Risk and contingency. AIMS Journal 28(2): 8-10.


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