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Early Life and Childhood/Youth

Becoming a new or expecting parent can bring various emotions. it is a happy time, an exciting time and a very scary time. Companies have a way of advertising products so well in our every day lives that we don’t even notice their presents. We don’t even know how we are being pushed to buy products, we just think we need it. Most expecting mothers and parents want the best for their babies and their children, so they are willing to get the best  or what they “think” is the best. A big contributor to a happy and healthy life is awareness. To be aware means to know your risks, know you options and know your rights.  Parents who are conscious of the products they buy, the care they receive, and the law and polices that effect their lives, will have a more positive outcome to the conception and birth of their children.  New parents are vulnerable and because of this, they are often taken advantage of. Every parent can choose their path, starting from preconception to prenatal to after birth. There needs to be improvement in the amount of awareness that is spread throughout every community, lower class to upper class to help new parents avoid unnecessary negative outcomes.

A resource most people, new mothers and parents do not know is that there is a high chance they are qualified for midwifery services. Most insurances, including Medicare qualify for midwifery services. A midwife is a professionals who specializes in Midwifery. They specialize in women’s sexual health,  pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum,  and child care. Midwives are a resource for new mothers and parents to use through the process of their pregnancy. Midwives can assist in creating specific pregnancy and birth plans for the mother, as well as after care for the child. This service allows a one-on-one care for the mother to ensure she is getting the unique care she needs to give birth to a healthy baby.  If people were more a aware of their eligibility for a service like this, as well as it process and benefits, they may be more inclined to utilize it. The benefits of using professionals and programs like these more could have a very positive impact on the health outcomes of expecting mothers and newborns.

For those who are trying to become pregnant and or are pregnant MUST  do their research on the medications and medical information they are receiving from any other source other than their medical provider. Although there are regulations for direct-to-consumer drug advertising (DTC), There is still an issue with falsely advertised medical products and information spreading around the wed. When it comes to fertility websites and clinic websites targeted towards women’s health, this problems becomes a bigger concern. Women’s health and sexual health is still a topic for debate when it comes to quality health care and access/availability. We continue to try and shine a bigger light on this topic and guide women to take control of their own bodies and health outcomes. If we allow inaccurate information to spread around the web, we are pushing women in the wrong direction that could result in serious health conditions and outcomes. By pushing even stricter regulations on DTC, it could help lead women to the web locations that actually provide accurate and helpful health and fertility information. The next step is to bring awareness to new mothers and women on how to access this accurate info and how to pick out what might be useful and what might be inaccurate. Women must be confident in taking their health into their own hands, and their has to be ways to ensure they can do that safely and effectively.

 

Sources:

Early Childhood Slides

Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic revision of Rochefortia Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7720. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e7720. (n.d.). doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f

http://cfmidwifery.org/states/index.aspx

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