This is a reminder to us all that what we do is important to women who look like us! This mom was considering a home birth and then even wanted to go to a birthing center. I told her I was ok w a birthing center but I don’t recommend a home birth at all.
The patient visited the birth center, and her concern was no black health care worker there. Her concern with the hospital was that she could labor in the tub but not deliver in it, and that she didn’t want to push in the bed. I assured her she could push however she felt comfortable.
Her ultimate decision to stay with me was... ME. At delivery, she chose not to get in the tub and she chose to push in the bed. But she felt reassured the entire pregnancy that her doctor who not only looked like her, but who listened to her and acknowledged her fear of dying, would put her health and safety first.
I will continue working behind the scenes and on the front lines to help save the lives of pregnant women whose voices are not heard, and lives are not value
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