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Death's Midwife – Should this be the title for those who companion Assisted Dying?

Death's Midwife – Should this be the title for those who companion Assisted Dying?

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I do not prefer the title “Death’s Midwife” to refer to the role of those who  companion or assist with “Planned Death”, AKA Assisted Dying.

A professional Midwife specializes in low risk pregnancy, child birth, and postpartum. The term “Death Midwife” suggests a specialty in supporting natural dying, death and bereavement. Though medications may be used, the goal would be supporting a comfortable death rather than a hastened death.

I wonder if my hesitancy is because of my personal discomfort with the idea of sitting at the bedside of someone who is dying a “planned death”.  And the idea that orchestrating a “planned death” seems unnatural and therefore out of the scope of a “Death Midwife”.  Or, perhaps it is because i like the title “Death Midwife” and do not want it “taken” to describe a type of care that I can not see myself participating in.

I wonder if Ruth von Fuchs uses this title herself?  And I wonder Ruth, if you have other titles you have considered?

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