Why Do Women Settle for Sub-Par Healthcare?
The subject of women’s healthcare, especially pertaining to reproductive healthcare, is the source of great debate among various groups of people. Everyone always has an opinion regarding seemingly age-old issues such as pro-life or pro-choice, breastfeeding or formula-feeding, childbirth with or without pain medication, caesarian or vaginal delivery, what a women should eat and drink while pregnant, how old a women should or should be when pregnant, and so on.
Countless discussions and debates on these subjects occur in politics, on the Internet in women’s health and lifestyle forums, blogs, and social media pages; as well in “real life” organizations like parent-teacher association meetings, in corporate or office settings, and among friends, acquaintances, and friends. The questions “what’s the right thing to do for my body and my baby” are often answered by other women and mothers who have “been there, done that”, with information that may or may not be factual or even relevant to the individual needs of the women who initially asked the question. These women also consult a vast array of books and magazines for childbirth and healthcare advice. It makes one wonder why these women don’t simply ask their healthcare providers these important questions; and instead, would prefer to make important life decisions based on hearsay and anecdotal “evidence”?
Women are largely dissatisfied with their healthcare experiences.
The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) wondered this as well. In order to gain a better understanding of women’s healthcare experiences, and women’s expectations and perceptions of their reproductive healthcare options, the ACNM recently conducted a large scale survey of more than 1,000 American women ages 18 to 45.
This survey, called “Our Moment of Truth™” had several findings that answer the above question of why women are more comfortable asking for (and are often heeding) reproductive healthcare and childbirth advice from books, message boards, and girlfriends instead of consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Apparently, only about half of the survey respondents reported that they were “very satisfied with their women’s healthcare provider.” That leaves a great deal of dissatisfied women, many of which do not look for a new provider because they are unsure of what other options are available under their insurance plans.Continued on the next page