The St James Ethics Center published a two part article from Australia giving contrasting opinions about women's rights to refuse medical interventions during their birth experience. In part one, a student doctor gives her pro-intervention viewpoint, and in the second a doctor gives her pro-choice perspective. It was very instructive to me to read these. I think the first part is very revealing about the thinking that drives high-intervention birth - the idea that the "how" doesn't matter nearly so much as the outcomes. Clearly this student doctor is coming from a place of wanting the best outcomes. Yet as the writer of part two states very effectively, this perspective is inconsistent with the experience of women giving birth. I think pat two raises an excellent question: rather than asking why do women refuse interventions, why don't we offer them care they don't want to refuse? Worth a read if you are planning or expecting a baby.