Tips to a Second Opinion When Your Concerns Are Dismissed

Tips to a Second Opinion When Your Concerns Are Dismissed

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.

MyChart As An Advocacy Tool? Here’s How You Can Do It

MyChart As An Advocacy Tool? Here’s How You Can Do It

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.

How Hospitals Can Be Inviting Spaces for Doulas

How Hospitals Can Be Inviting Spaces for Doulas

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.

Consent: Sharing a Disturbing Violation of Birth Consent

Consent: Sharing a Disturbing Violation of Birth Consent

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!”

Provider Promotes Positive Births | The Power of Language

Provider Promotes Positive Births | The Power of Language

Welcome to a crucial conversation about the power of words in the world of pregnancy and childbirth. Language plays a profound role in shaping our perceptions and experiences, and when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, the words used by pregnancy providers can have a lasting impact on expectant parents. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of inclusive language, provide a table with specific examples of non inclusive language and how to correct it, and shed light on how pregnancy providers can promote positive birth experiences through mindful communication.

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