As things play out in the U.S. political arena I am troubled by the tendency to strike down or get rid of anyone who disagrees with you. When I take a look at my own life, I am very aware of how important it has been for me to learn to hear those who disagree with me, and then to find a way to work with them. For example, it is true that I have concerns about current birth practices in my community. I wish that our hospitals supported a more family-centered model, that there were more midwives and more support for women who choose to breastfeed.
I am not, however, interested in eliminating the professionals that are currently working within this system. Instead, I strive to understand them better and to see where I can be most helpful to those in need of support. This often means working with other professionals with whom I disagree, and respecting their perspective and way of doing things. I truly believe that we are all doing the best we can, with the knowledge and experience that we have.
I work hard to create a friendly working relationship with other care providers in my community. I want us to understand and trust one another, so that we can work along-side one another to support families during the childbearing year. We won’t always agree, but if we keep our focus on the mother and child, and treat one another with kindness and respect, I believe we can do a pretty good job to support, empower, and care for families as they go through the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
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