JUST LIKE EACH PREGNANCY IS UNIQUE, SO ARE THE INTERVENTIONS.
FIRST, THEY CAN BE EITHER NON-MEDICAL OR MEDICAL AND SECOND THEY CAN OCCUR ANYTIME DURING PREGNANCY OR LABOR.
In this post our discussion will be limited to medical interventions so let’s start with a definition.
Medical interventions are selected by your care provider and can include TESTS, RESTRICTIONS, PROCEDURES, and MEDICATIONS. They are designed to either diagnose or solve a problem. As with any intervention, you as the patient, have the right to choose or refuse any procedure, medication, or test. If possible (and this is not an emergency situation), it is very important to know both the side effects and the outcomes for each decision you make well before you have to make it. This can only be done if you start your study now and place your choices on your birth plan. If you wait until the last moment, when the procedure, medication, or test are selected by your caregiver, you really ar not making decisions based on INFORMED CONSENT. Instead, you are making decisions based on FEAR and that does not always produce the best long-term results.
This is the reason for the Medical Intervention word search game. After finding all of the words in the puzzle, I want you to research any terms you are unfamiliar with and decide how you feel about them. Then I want you to place the ones you want and the ones you don’t want on your BIRTH PLAN. After that, you will need to discuss your choices with both your health care provider and the location where your child will be born. Tell them your decisions and make sure that their policies will allow your wishes to be implemented. Be prepared to make compromises as not all doctors and medical facilities in the United States are prepared for changes in their routines. If you do not feel comfortable with the changes that are required from you, you do have the choice to find another health care provider and birthing facility.
This is the reason the THE BIRTH SURVEY (www.thebirthsurvey.com) was started. It was designed to inform to public about the types of maternity care in the United States. The website is updated by the public (not the medical community) and gives pregnant women medical information about what providers and facilities offer all over the United States. If you find out any information about maternity care that is not currently on the website, add it to the site. That will then be available to other women in the future. This will benefit all pregnant women in your area and should over time improve the variety of choices available locally.
Maternity care seems to be market driven. Therefore it is important to make your thoughts known. If a lot of women want a specific type of care, it will usually become available.
Let’s get started with the game. There are three parts. The first is the word list, the second is the actual word search game, and the third in the answer key. When searching for the words you will need to look forward, backward, upward, downward, and diagonally. In addition, there is one word that appears twice in the game.
PART ONE: GAME #5 – MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS – (WORD LIST)
MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS - WORD LIST
NOTE: LOCATE ALL BOLD WORDS ABOVE IN GAME BELOW.
PART TWO: GAME #5 – MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS – (WORD SEARCH)
WORD SEARCH GAME - MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS
PART THREE: GAME #5 – MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (ANSWER KEY)
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION GAME - MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (ANSWER KEY)
NOTE: The word that is in the puzzle twice (highlighted in orange) in the one medical intervention that if freely allowed can both aid in the progress of your labor and diminish the need for medications. All other words that appear once in the puzzle are highlighted in yellow in the answer key.
This puzzle and the word list should help you with your birth plan. Keep on refining it – make it your own.
That’s all for this post. Bye till next time – “P”