I want to understand what constitutes a positive pregnancy experience... and how the health system can help.
July 13, 2011 3:04 PM Subscribe
I'd love your experience and advice on how to be a good practitioner of women's health in pregnancy.
posted by noonday to health & fitness (34 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for anecdata to help me contextualize the literature on patient-provider communication as it relates to women's health - and to eventually put it into practice in my own work as an advocate.
* Were there things your doctor/midwife/nurse practitioner did during your prenatal visits that made your experience better - were there things they told you that helped? Were there things you wish your providers had done, or wish they'd left out?
* How did your provider explain issues like induction and augmentation of labor, pain control, or cesarean section? Did you find these explanations helpful?
* When you got to the labor floor (assuming you had a hospital delivery, as most women in the USA do), were there interactions that worked, or didn't?
* What general advice would you give to health professionals who work with pregnant women about how to make the experience of pregnancy and labor/delivery a positive one?