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Partnering with Patients and Families during Childbirth

Confirming Knowledge for Informed Consent

Simpson, Kathleen Rice, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 3 - p 180
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000527
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

There are many opportunities during hospitalization for childbirth to offer information to the woman and her family about various options and choices for clinical care and treatment. Women should be provided information at their appropriate literacy level and language to make decisions about their care in partnership with the health care team. While events of labor and births may seem routine to clinicians, they are usually not for patients. Therefore, shared decision-making approaches and patient consent are essential throughout the childbirth hospitalization.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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