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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Physician’s Ethical Obligations
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Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)

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Cynthia Langley was in her 32nd week of pregnancy. She had met with all but one of her obstetricians and was excited about the birth of her first child. At first she considered using a midwife, but none were covered by her insurance plan and she felt more secure with her physician. Nonetheless, Ms. Langley had certain expectations. Even without a midwife, she wanted a natural birth. She drafted a birth plan, reviewing it carefully with each physician during her prenatal visits. She also employed the services of a doula, a birthing assistant, to provide constant support and assist with nonconventional birthing techniques during labor.

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Alternative Medicine Conventional Medicine Integrative Medicine Conventional Care Massage Therapy 
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