No More Palpation?
I got a shock recently. My midwife friend told me that she explains to women that their doctor or midwife will palpate their belly in their prenatal visits to find the position of the baby, and the women look at her like she was from another planet. She said that she learned that doctors, especially, do not palpate bellies. This might be the sweetest part of prenatal care-communication with these little ones who often move under our hands. I guess losing hands-on care is one more danger of ultrasound. My friend also told me that the more technology and interventions used, the less hands-on care we receive. I hope midwives will never lose palpation skills. They provide beautiful communication with motherbaby.
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