Communicating With Your Healthcare Team
By Ann Marie Ronsman, MSN, RN (and 15-Week Bed Rest Survivor)
No woman is happy to hear the news that she will be placed on bedrest for a portion of her pregnancy. Gone instantly is her hope for an idyllic pregnancy, where she can work up until the day before the birth, feeling energetic and looking glowing the whole way through.
As for my experience with having bedrest prescribed, I had called the doctor’s office around 10 a.m. on a Monday because my blood pressure had been up over the weekend. The nurse told me to come in right away. I can remember asking, “How long will this appointment take?” The nurse replied, "Clear your calendar for the rest of the day." This should have been a clue to me, but I did not pick up on it. When I went into the doctor's office, I was informed that I would be on bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I was 22 weeks pregnant at the time. I was told that we would try bedrest at home first, and then bedrest in the hospital if home treatment wasn’t sufficient. I learned that my baby would probably not survive if I delivered at 22 weeks. If the baby or I got very sick, I would need to deliver immediately. The doctor hoped I could make it at least two more weeks so the baby had a chance at survival.
After the shock wore off, I realized how important it would be for me to understand - specifically - the bedrest plan that was laid out by my doctor. My advice as a bed rest survivor is to ask questions and get specific answers. Here are some common questions you may need to ask in order to understand your situation:
Communicating with your healthcare team will decrease your anxiety and, therefore, improve the outcome for you and your baby. You become a parent long before you give birth to your child. By taking good care of yourself through communicating with your healthcare team, you are advocating for your child.
Ann Marie Ronsman is a NICU nurse in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. After being on bedrest for 15 weeks, she delivered a healthy boy at 37 weeks. He is now almost 2 years old, and her greatest joy. Ann Marie says, "Bedrest is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, but it has also brought the greatest rewards."
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