Mothers as advocates during labor and delivery is something that should happen, especially when there are concerns regarding treatment. During calls with families, this issue is one that some mothers do not know how to handle, and it is the purpose of this educational article, and supporting video, to help families understand the options available.
The context of many of these calls stem from the baby suffering a traumatic brain injury at birth, namely HIE or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. HIE, in our context is a reduction in blood and oxygen, which can lead to the baby suffering a brain injury.
Mothers As Advocates During Labor and Delivery
When we say mothers as advocates during labor and delivery really revolves around mothers who have concerns during the process, and for whatever reason, it seems that those concerns are either ignored, or not taken as serious as the concerns should. As a result of this type of behavior, some mothers may begin to feel that the doctors and medical professionals are not looking out for the well-being of mom and baby.
The above issues are not something new. For example, according to an article posted by NPR, “They [Black Women] are three times more likely to die after giving birth than white women in the United States.” These are serious issues and many times, having breakdowns in communication can be seriously problematic.
One way that mothers can be advocates during labor and delivery is to make sure that the doctor, or provider that is picked before labor and delivery understands your needs and concerns beforehand. A good way to pick the right provider is to do your research ahead of time regarding the things that are important for you and your family. These discussions with your doctor or provider should surround the things that are important to you and your family.
The second point for mothers as advocates during labor and delivery is to have an “advocate” come to the hospital with you. A discussion with this advocate should be done beforehand to make sure that they understand their role during labor and delivery. This person should be above to voice concerns to the medical staff on behalf of mom. For example, the advocate would understand that if this nurse is not meeting the needs of mom and baby, then a conversation with the charge, or supervisory nurse may be needed.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
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