Submitted by The Perinatal Advisory Council
PAC/LAC distributed a survey designed to find out what labor and delivery nurses think women can do to better prepare for childbirth to more than more than 2,000 perinatal nurses in the Southern California region. More than 525 nurses responded; 56% of those who responded have more than 21 years of experience in nursing.
Here are three things that perinatal nurses wish women knew about childbirth:
Almost all agree women should take labor and delivery classes (94%)
Most believe a pregnant woman should prepare a birth plan (79.8%)
More than half of labor and delivery nurses welcome (the right) doulas (63.3%)
"While we fully expected nurses to say that women need to be better informed about the birth process by attending classes, we were intrigued by the number of positive responses towards birth plans and doulas -- a relatively recent development in modern childbirth," says Cindy Fahey, MSN, RN, PHN, Executive Director, PAC/LAC. "As the leading source of information on perinatal care, PAC/LAC will work with our members to better understand how women can better prepare for childbirth and integrate birth plans and doulas when appropriate."
The Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC), provides information on perinatal care to hospitals, community-based organizations and other healthcare systems in California. It also offers custom consulting services including program planning, research, educational programs, grant writing, program evaluation, advocacy and facility financial management.
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