Preparation

Here it is February and I haven’t yet wrapped my head around the fact that 2010 is HERE! Time is moving on faster than I can keep up with it. Already this year I have dealt with births and deaths in our family and among friends. The cycle of life gives us pause to...

Effect of Expert Advice on Decision-Making

“A study, by three neuroscientists, at Emory University, finds that when given expert advice, the decision-making part of our brain shuts down. That’s not a big deal if the advice we are receiving is good. But what if it isn’t?“ The above is copied from a...

“Condition H”

H means HELP! And now in many hospitals, a patient or visitor is provided with the phone number for a “hot line” to use to voice urgent concerns if they arise. Along with the recognition of patient’s rights and responsibilities to Speak Up and be heard, as well as the...

Hospital Offers Holistic Care

What can hospitals do to create an environment where clients actually do have freedom of choice?  At the ICEA convention Val Lincoln told wondrous stories of an exemplary model of holistic care offered at the Woodwinds Hospital in Minnesota. Some of the services they...

ICEA Conference Prompts Questions

This past week I attended the ICEA convention in Oklahoma City. Just as at the Lamaze Conference, discussion in and outside of the sessions centered around what childbirth educators need to do in order to meet the needs of the pregnant families of today. Some...