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Study: 1 in 6 People Experience Mistreatment During Birth
October 7, 2019 BY improving2
One in six women in the United States experience mistreatment during childbirth. Stop and think about that for a second. One. In. Six. The interesting thing about this study from the journal Reproductive Health is it expands on previous respectful maternity care studies that, for the most part, have only focused on birthing people who…
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6 Ways to Advocate for Yourself During Pregnancy
October 7, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Imagine during one of the most substantial times in your life being treated not as a fellow human being but as a vessel, having a condition to be rescued from - with your experiences made up of processes, checks, and procedures instead of being listened to and cultivating relationships through trust and disclosure. For many…
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Finding Balance in the Maternal Mortality Discussion
July 12, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
The headlines are screaming it, your patients are asking about it, and your national organization is warning you about it: America has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world, and it is continuing to escalate. In 2018, USA Today released an article that dropped like a bomb: American mothers are dying.…
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Part 2 – Dear ACOG, Moms Have Been Speaking Up. You Just Don’t Believe Us.
May 9, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Part 2 - Dear ACOG, Moms Have Been Speaking Up. You Just Don’t Believe Us.   In part 1 of this series, I wrote about how moms have been speaking up to their doctors — oftentimes to save their lives — and being ignored. As a result, many moms are dying of preventable complications, which…
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Dear ACOG, Moms Have Been Speaking Up. You Just Don’t Believe Us.
May 3, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Dear ACOG, Moms Have Been Speaking Up. You Just Don’t Believe Us.   When I was a week postpartum suffering from violent, full body-shaking chills and spiking fevers, I wandered into the OB triage/ED at my local hospital. I knew something wasn’t right, but didn’t have specific symptoms other than the chills and fever. The…
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Dear C-Section Scar, You Remind Me of My Assault
April 24, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Some c-sections save babies’ lives. Some c-sections save mothers’ sanity. Then there are c-sections, like mine, that did neither. This letter is ode to those. I know I’m not the only one. In 1970, the national c-section rate was 5.5%. Now, it’s over 32%. Yet with all these surgeries meant to save lives, maternal mortality…
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