Health Care Professionals

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Health care professionals should discuss their patients' questions during and after pregnancy. These meaningful conversations can make a difference to the lives of pregnant and postpartum women.

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As a health care professional, you can help prevent maternal mortality.

One part of the solution is to really hear women's concerns during and after pregnancy. Engage in an open conversation to make sure any issues are adequately addressed.

Listen to pregnant and postpartum women if they express concerns. Help your patients understand the urgent maternal warning signs and when they need to seek medical attention right away. When patients are engaged in their health care, it can lead to improvements in safety and quality. Take steps to make them feel understood and valued during their visit. Here are some things that may make a difference:

  • Ask questions to better understand your patients and things that may be affecting their lives.
  • Help your patients, and those accompanying them, understand the urgent maternal warning signs and when to seek medical attention right away.
  • Help patients manage chronic conditions or conditions that may arise during pregnancy like hypertension, diabetes, or depression.
  • Recognize and address unconscious bias in yourself and in your office.
  • Provide all patients with respectful care.
  • Address any concerns your patients may have.

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