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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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Dear Hospital CEO: You Have A Coercive and Directive Practice In Your Midst That Is Disempowering Women
November 11, 2018 BY Dawn
The consumer voice is often unheard when it comes to large systems. The maternity care system and its history of listening to women is no exception. ImprovingBirth recently shared a snapshot that a local Atlanta-based midwife posted of a "patient information and birth preferences plan" form, which had been given to a patient from her…
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“The Baby is the Candy, and the Mom is the Wrapper” – A Call for Humanized Birth
July 26, 2018 BY ImprovingBirth
The phrase, “The baby is the candy and the mom is the wrapper," has been stuck in my head since I read it in an NPR article. It’s the perfect descriptor of maternal care in this country. Because, after all, once the candy is out of the wrapper, you don’t really need it anymore, right?…
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