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doctors, butt out of pregnant women’s lives

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doctors, butt out of pregnant women’s lives

the chief executive of public health england (phe), duncan selbie, has called for pregnant women to have their carbon monoxide (co) levels monitored at antenatal appointments to find out whether they smoke. the royal college of midwives (rcm) has supported the initiative, provided the tests remain voluntary.while no one believes that smoking during pregnancy is healthy, phe’s suggestion is alarming. what exactly does selbie propose should happen to women who smoke during pregnancy? he points out that phe’s plans ‘[aren’t] about scaring or hectoring people’. but arguing that women should be subject to blood tests suggests that women can’t be trusted to tell doctors the truth about ...