Have you ever shared a concern you have and had it immediately dismissed? When it happens with a healthcare provider, there’s an extra layer of challenge because there is a real inequity in the power balance between you and a medical provider. We are going to discuss seeking a second opinion when your concerns are brushed aside.
The journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a profound and transformative experience, and having the right support can make all the difference. Two essential figures in the realm of pregnancy care are doulas and midwives. While their roles may sometimes overlap and they are sometimes confused, they bring distinct skills and perspectives to the birthing process. In this blog, we will explore the key differences between doulas and midwives, shedding light on the unique contributions each makes to the childbirth experience and help you decide what might be best for your individual situation.
In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, one of the most powerful tools at your disposal is often right at your fingertips: email. Most providers now use an online system, frequently MyChart, that you access to manage your healthcare.
Patients have access to their tests, medical history, schedule appointments, and message their doctor, like an email. In this digital age, communication has taken on a new dimension, and leveraging email can be a game-changer when it comes to advocating for yourself with your medical care team. In this blog post, we’ll explore the strategic ways you can use email to foster a proactive and collaborative relationship with your healthcare providers.
At one birth I attended over the weekend, I saw about five nurses, three OB-GYN doctors, and probably around 10 OB-GYN residents (i.e. Meredith Grey at the beginning of Grey’s Anatomy). It wasn’t until the end of the birth that something happened and I was FLOORED about how one resident did something totally tiny to include me as a part of the team.
If you are active on the birth side of social media, you have likely seen the viral video going around titled, “Violation of Consent”. In case you have not seen it, it’s a short clip of a fresh baby laid on their parents stomach. The baby appears reactive and making noises. Instantly, you can see multiple nurses’ arms reach into view and vigorously rub the baby. The parent’s face looks quite shocked. The parent pleads, “Can you just stop for a second?”.
One of the nurses responds, “No, we need to stimulate her, we need to get her crying and mad!”
Visiting an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) or midwife is an essential part of maintaining your reproductive and overall health. During these visits, you will often encounter the concept of informed consent. Understanding what informed consent means and how to navigate it can empower you to make informed decisions about your healthcare. In this blog post, we will delve into the crucial topic of informed consent, its significance, and how it can help you take control of your healthcare during OB-GYN visits.