Mamas on Bedrest: Which do you Prefer-A Male or Female Health Care Provider?

July 15th, 2013

Mamas on Bedrest which do you prefer, a male or female health care provider?

One of my colleagues sent me an article from Africa Review in which they describe the conundrum for the pregnant Ugandan women; Travel some 30 Km and pay a fee (30 Km is approximately 48 miles and most Ugandan women have no means of transportation and no money!) to see a female┬áhealthcare provider, or see a “male midwife” who is responsible for the care of your entire village and has some training in prenatal care.

For most Ugandan women, there is no choice. While they may feel uncomfortable and amoral undressing and being examined by a man who is not their husband, by having no money and no means of transportation to a larger medical center with female practitioners, the choice is made for them-they are “seen” and examined by “the man”.

“There are things that can only be told to a woman, not a man,” explains one woman.

Many women share her sentiment. Some women continue to seek out Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) for their prenatal care and deliveries despite the fact that the TBAs have been banned by the government and their care comes with great physical risk due to limited resources. Other women resigned, see the male midwife. While some women have found the male midwives to be very gentle and compassionate, most women are still mortified to have a gynecological examination and be seen so intimately by a man who is not their husband.

Mamas on Bedrest, Which do you prefer-A male or female practitioner? Why? Does it really matter to you? Have you found one gender more compassionate than the other?

In light of all of the changes going on in health care, and in an effort to make the high risk pregnancy/bed rest experience better (less sterile, more compassionate, less stressful) please share your preferences and experiences with us in the comments section below. We’ll share your views (and how we’ll use them to make changes within the healthcare system) in our Video Wednesday Post!





2 responses to “Mamas on Bedrest: Which do you Prefer-A Male or Female Health Care Provider?”

  1. Trista says:

    I prefer a woman OB or midwife. I’ve had good compassionate OBs that are men, but it always feels a little strange. Sometimes there really is something about the camaraderie that women share that gives care from fellow women something extra. For some reason since I have been married I’ve really gravitated toward relationships with women more, and that is also true with my health providers. Especially if they themselves have had children, as they know what we’re going through.

  2. Darline says:

    This is a really good point and most likely what the women in the article also experienced. It’s so hard being in an area where care is limited. Hopefully things will look up for them.

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