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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.

Keywords: advocacy; change agents; childbirth education; normal birth

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812405X57570

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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