The rising rate in maternal mortality, especially in black mothers in the United States calls for us the medical community to try something different. We are a part of the high-income countries and should have similar or even better maternal mortality rates as other countries within our cohort.

Unfortunately, that is not the case! A solution to this problem is for us to continue to advocate for a more patient – centered obstetrical model. This model should include collaboration between Doulas and Obstetricians. Obstetricians are trained to save the mother and child, and they have been programmed to think and act that way possibly even in low risk pregnancies. However, we know not all pregnancies end with a complication; many pregnancies do well. As Doulas, can we help limit interventions without inciting an unintended conflict? This session will provide Doulas with some tools on how to collaborate with Obstetricians and to advocate for pregnant woman using negotiation skills. As medicine shifts to value-based care, there is room for Doulas to step in and become an important advocate for the laboring woman. It is time that we the medical community try something different in other to decrease the raising maternal mortality.

ABOUT DONA INTERNATIONAL

Founded nearly 25 years ago, DONA International is the largest and longest-standing doula organization in the world offering leading edge, evidence-based education and certification programs to support the professional development of birth and postpartum doulas. DONA International promotes the highest quality perinatal support for birthing mothers and their families by setting the standard for doula education and training, and by advocating the research-based benefits of doula care. DONA was founded by five of the foremost experts in childbirth who recognized the research-based benefits of emotional support for mothers and their partners during and shortly after labor and delivery, and endeavored to share those benefits with the world. We support doulas by providing quality training and meaningful certification. DONA International certification sets the bar for doula education and professional development and it indicates to families that a doula has achieved a high level of training and professionalism. To that end, DONA International is committed to providing high-quality, relevant continuing education opportunities both in person, through our approved continuing education courses taught by our world-class trainers, and through webinars such as this one. Enjoy! It’s a great time to be a DONA International doula!

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SESSIONS



Can We Get Along with Obstetricians?

Dr. Ebere Azumah, MD, ACC, FACOG, MPH

The rising rate in maternal mortality, especially in black mothers in the United States calls for us the medical community to try something different. We are a part of the high-income countries and should have similar or even better maternal mortality rates as other countries within our cohort.

Unfortunately, that is not the case! A solution to this problem is for us to continue to advocate for a more patient – centered obstetrical model. This model should include collaboration between Doulas and Obstetricians. Obstetricians are trained to save the mother and child, and they have been programmed to think and act that way possibly even in low risk pregnancies. However, we know not all pregnancies end with a complication; many pregnancies do well. As Doulas, can we help limit interventions without inciting an unintended conflict? This session will provide Doulas with some tools on how to collaborate with Obstetricians and to advocate for pregnant woman using negotiation skills. As medicine shifts to value-based care, there is room for Doulas to step in and become an important advocate for the laboring woman. It is time that we the medical community try something different in other to decrease the raising maternal mortality.


Can We Get Along with Obstetricians?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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