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The Power of Communication

I have been wondering about the listening and questioning experiments.  If you have been hesitant to try them, I wanted to give you some more motivation. These links help demonstrate the importance communication plays not just in the way we interact with families, but with the way we interact with colleagues.

http://foreverandyesterday.blogspot.com/2010/08/letter-to-ob.html?spref=tw Letter to an OB about the importance of the words spoken to a mother after she gives birth.

http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=260 Gloria Lemay on being a midwife

http://www.themidwifenextdoor.com/?p=1043 What the midwife heard, more about the importance of words and the meanings they express. Pay attention to how these words make you feel.

http://cfmidwifery.blogspot.com/2009/04/language-of-birth.html The Language of Birth

What This Means To You

The words you choose matter.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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