My first glossary building post comes from the Birth slides. As someone who intends to be a consumer in this area when the time comes, I found the content to be quite relevant. When preparing to have a child, there seems to be hundreds of choices to make as a parent. Since it is the mother’s decision on the delivery and anything relating to the baby, she has many issues to make the final call on.
The glossary terms I decided were important from these slides were:
Pre-conception: In the slides, it is mentioned that moms and dads should be consumers before the pregnancy, if that is possible. I believe that’s the most important time to be a consumer regarding the child and mother’s health. Pre-conception refers to the stages of your life before deciding to have your first or another child. The CDC offers a national plan for healthy choices to make during pre-conception life stages.
Cesarean: A form of delivery that involves surgery and removal of the baby from the uterus without delivering them through the vaginal canal. This can sometimes be absolutely necessary for the survival of the baby, but can also be a choice for mothers as consumers. However, according to statistics there are 11,000 unneeded C-Sections in WA each year.
Midwife: A certified healthcare professional, some mothers may choose to have a midwife present to assist in the delivery of their baby. WA state law enables Medicaid patients to have midwives paid for, (allowing for more choices for consumers) and receive more pre-natal care. According to the course slides, the rates for C-sections are lower when a mother uses a midwife.