Empowering Birth Workers

Navigating the Modern Reproductive Health Legal Landscape - Strategies for Patient Support

Yamicia Connor, MD, PhD, MPH
Physician, Scientist, and Innovator in Women’s Health
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Following the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, the evolving legal landscape of reproductive health presents substantial challenges, especially impacting Black women who face significant disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. These legal shifts impact not only abortion care but also extend to other aspects of reproductive health, including informed consent in labor management, drug testing, custody disputes, and interactions with child protective services. Additionally, they intensify concerns around the criminalization of pregnancy, underscoring the critical need for enhanced advocacy and support for patients.
In this rapidly changing legal environment, birth workers serve as essential advocates for their patients, striving to provide comprehensive care amid these complexities. Yet, the challenges of staying current with legal developments, effectively disseminating patient information, and the absence of immediate crisis support mechanisms significantly challenge their capacity to offer effective support.
In this presentation, Dr. Yamicia Connor, a distinguished expert in women’s health, science, and innovation with a specialization in enhancing maternal health outcomes for Black women, will provide birth workers with essential insights and tools. Through a comprehensive approach that includes ongoing legal education, the creation of innovative patient information initiatives, and the establishment of immediate support resources, Dr. Connor aims to present practical strategies that not only improve patient outcomes but also strengthen advocacy for reproductive rights within the complex legal landscape.
Key areas of focus include:
1. Staying Updated on Laws: This segment stresses the importance of remaining informed about legal changes, offering strategies for birth workers to keep their legal knowledge current. Maintaining such vigilance is vital for providing precise guidance and confidently navigating the legal dimensions of reproductive health.
2. Promoting Patient Education Through Simple Initiatives: Exploring the use of technology to bolster patient education, this section discusses how tools like mobile apps and wallet cards can empower patients with crucial legal and health information, facilitating informed healthcare decisions.
3. Developing Real-Time Resources for Patients in Crisis: Highlighting the creation of immediate response resources, such as hotlines and online platforms, this part emphasizes the need to provide timely support to patients encountering legal or health crises.
Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of the present legal challenges in reproductive health, equipped with actionable strategies to support their patients effectively. By prioritizing continuous legal education, implementing innovative patient information tools, and establishing instant support mechanisms, birth workers will be better prepared to navigate the legal landscape, leading to enhanced patient outcomes and more effective advocacy for reproductive rights.
Learning Objectives:
1. Analyzing the Impact: Grasp the extensive effects of the changing legal landscape on reproductive healthcare delivery and the importance of ongoing legal education for birth workers.
2. Exploring Innovative Dissemination: Evaluate inventive ways to disseminate legal and health information, empowering patients through the use of contemporary technologies.
3. Enhancing Crisis Support: Outline strategic approaches for creating real-time support resources, highlighting the critical need for prompt assistance to patients facing legal and health emergencies.
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