Recent surveys of new mothers suggest that we can do better in treating women with respect, listening to their concerns, and honoring their wishes during the childbirth process. The findings apply to all care providers and all birth settings, thus opportunities for improvement exist widely. Nurses are in an ideal position to lead the types of changes that are needed in maternity care.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The author declares no conflicts of interest.