The Dance of Advocacy
Abstract:A childbirth educator asks how she can continue to use best evidence and prepare women adequately for birth within the constraints of a hospital practice that pressures educators not to “rock the boat.” This column discusses the challenge of advocating for normal birth and the dangers inherent in the advocacy role. Advocacy requires the childbirth educator to “dance” with many partners, including physicians and hospitals. Strategies for inviting colleagues and class participants onto the dance floor and teaching them the steps of the dance are explored. Guidelines for reducing risk and engaging women are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-03-01
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- The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.
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