Every year in America, four to five million women deliver babies. Our medical system’s ability to prepare women for conception and pregnancy lags behind the desire for medically relevant knowledge. In the rushed medical office, women often experience a process that treats them as patients who need to be told what to do rather than eager participants in search of knowledge. Professionals develop treatment plans in which individual differences and needs filter into a generic “prenatal care package.” The medical profession simplifies these complexities into a basic “quick visit” approach, emphasizing the Trust everything is fine and I will tell you if something is wrong method. Rather than becoming empowered, knowledgeable, and confident, many women assume a passive role. Unaware of what information they need or what questions to ask, they seek advice (right or wrong) from friends, family, the Internet, or books as a way to gain more control.
Pregnancy books on the market today make an attempt to return women to a position of control during their pregnancy experiences. The most published resource (and soon to be movie) provides massive amounts of comprehensive data, but the cumbersome size and sheer quantity of information overwhelms the average consumer. The facts presented lack a structure that assures understanding. The authors assume every woman can find and process the important issues and that she can or will incorporate the information accurately into her own personal, prenatal lifestyle. The Pregnancy Power Workbook, with its innovative and interactive approach, hands control back to pregnant women and their families.
How many times do providers of prenatal care discover that a woman close to her delivery has no idea as to her due date? Or perhaps she does not know where to go for her delivery. How frequently do they find, more specifically, that she does not know her blood type, the location of her placenta, how much weight she has gained or how many weeks pregnant she is? Many women arrive for their prenatal visits with questions written on the backs of envelopes or not written down at all. During a standard encounter, a woman may forget to ask these questions or is not given the time to get the answers she needs. Rarely does she remember everything she has been told. The standard medical responses Everything is just fine, or Your Lab tests are all normal, and Your ultrasound showed a healthy baby, become the norm.
The unique stresses of pregnancy overwhelm most women. The mental fog caused by hormone changes can complicate their abilities to stay focused on the necessary details and responsibilities inherent in every pregnancy. Early on, when the newness and excitement permeate every aspect of their lives, they easily spin their wheels while gathering information. As time goes by, however, the nearly impossible challenge of sitting down, reading, and comprehending a complex pregnancy book adds to the confusion. The simple format of The Pregnancy Power Workbook re-channels a woman’s confusion into order. She learns to apportion her learning energy where it can be most utilized, thus turning frustration into productive awareness through newly acquired knowledge.
The Pregnancy Power Workbook offers a unique guide that empowers pregnant women with information, placing them on the same plane of understanding as their medical teams. Women planning a pregnancy or who are already pregnant will no longer experience the information overload resulting from other resources. The Pregnancy Power Workbook provides the simple tools that lead to important conversations with their obstetrical healthcare teams. Women will be able to comprehend the relevant medical language and participate actively in their prenatal care.
In an attempt to provide women with all the information regarding the complexities of pregnancy other published resource books fall short simply by not determining what questions need to be asked and answered. Women become frustrated and give up or go elsewhere on their quest for control. Although no system, guidebook, or medical provider can guarantee a healthy outcome for both a woman and her baby, The Pregnancy Power Workbook, based on current standards of obstetrical practice, is the perfect solution for women and families who desire the greatest participation, understanding, and responsibility throughout their pregnancies.