Why Do Women Settle for Sub-Par Healthcare? - Page 3
Dr. Powell Kennedy feels that in order for women to receive a better quality of care, they must be educated about their options for reproductive healthcare, pregnancy, and childbirth. “While some women do need the services of an obstetrician (OBs are surgeons), most women do not.” Following the findings from the survey, the ACNM has launched an initiative called Our Moment of Truth™: a New Understanding of Midwifery Care. Their mission is educate and dispel myths about midwifery as standard care for women in order “to improve women’s health and maternity care in the United States by re-introducing midwives and midwifery care as important options that should be the norm for women’s health care services.” Once women are aware of the benefits of using midwifery as standard reproductive healthcare, they must speak up and create a demand for midwifery.
I was surprised to learn that the challenge lies more with gaining recognition from women as consumers, more than with getting recognition from other healthcare providers and insurance companies. According to Dr. Powell Kennedy, “the ACNM has made big strides in terms of recognition from insurance companies and hospitals. Some large healthcare organizations, such as Kaiser Permanente, already use midwifes. Women need to be strong consumers and demand options if they want more insurance companies to cover midwifery services.” If you are interested in midwifery services for your own healthcare needs, check to see if your insurance company covers midwifery. If not, Dr. Powell Kennedy suggests looking for a plan that does cover midwifes during the annual open enrollment/renewal period. Insurance companies will respond if enough women begin to ask for these services.
With knowledge comes power, but action must stem from this power in order for change to occur.
For more information about midwifery, and the Our Moment of Truth™ initiative, visit their website.