Choosing Your Health Care Provider

Choosing Your Health Care Provider

My latest post on Modern Mom in my new blog, Fit and Fearless Birth, is up today.  Choosing Your Health Care Provider.

Here’s a sneak peek:

You Have the Right to Hire (and Fire) Your Health Care Provider
There is one thing all expectant mothers have in common: Each and every one wants the healthiest start for her unborn baby.

If you are pregnant, you can speak up for your child now, before he or she is born. You will not think twice of defending your child against bullies on the playground or in school later – so start now by defending them against bullies before he or she is born. The bullies in this case are belittling and dehumanizing maternity care, fear or scare tactics used to force consent to medical treatment, and non-evidence based, unnecessary, and even harmful medical intervention.

“For all U.S. women, the maternal death ratio is almost 5 times as high as it should be, and for African American women, it is more than 10 times what it should be,” says legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin.

Though not often considered, interviewing your health care provider is one of the first steps you can take to ensure the health and wellbeing of you and your unborn child.

Why? Because giving birth in the US is risky. “The United States has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, but its newborn mortality rate is higher than any of those countries,” reports the annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Even though the US spends more money on maternity care, it has higher death rates than 40 other countries, including Cuba, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia.

Read the full post here.