Childbirth educators who express frustration with the perceived lack of power in their practice may be suffering from moral distress. Although the impact of moral distress has not been thoroughly explored among health-care professionals, the topic is emerging as an important ethical
concept. In this article, the concept of moral distress is explored, and suggestions are made for moving from moral distress to moral action.
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.