February 1, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

The action step I can personally take is the first Wagner (2006) presents: educate the public about the current state of maternity care. Though I do this in informal ways through blog articles and everyday conversations with parents, I think the area in which I can be of service most is childbirth education classes. I have been a childbirth educator since 2011 yet planned most of my classes for consumers around preparing parents for the basics of birth. Timing contractions, coping with pain and discomfort, writing up birth intentions to share with hospital staff, and an overview of breastfeeding took up most of my time with expecting families. After moving through this term’s texts, online articles, and video resources, I can...

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