Helping Hospitals Change
Abstract:As the director of patient-care services for maternal-child health and clinical practice at two large, metropolitan hospitals, the author of this article outlines ways in which childbirth educators can empower women to receive the birth experience they want. Techniques include offering a special prepregnancy class, helping expectant women to formulate questions for their care providers, and encouraging women to express their perceptions of their birth experience by responding to their hospital's patient-satisfaction survey, writing letters, or nominating mother- and baby-friendly nurses for special recognition.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2005
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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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