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4th AMWA Town Hall on Reproductive Care — Share Your Story, Have an Impact
October 27, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Keep Reproductive Health Care in the News
Your Experience as a Practitioner is Key
What little public discussion about the abortion bans arises seems focused on rape and incest but there are many more consequences that may arise during pregnancy. The public needs to know. Every one of you has a story to tell about how the abortion ban has impacted you, your ability to practice, and its effect on your patients. Reproductive rights experts are urging more physicians to share your stories of managing patients in the post-roe environment.
- What do limits on reproductive care mean for patients with RA, facing chemotherapy, infertility, or conditions such as hypertension and diabetes?
- What will women do when there are simply not enough Ob/Gyns practicing in the community to meet women’s prenatal needs? This time may be coming. People need to know!! Recounting your real experiences is the best way to reinforce the message that reproductive care, including abortion, is essential health care.
In the near term, your stories can serve to remind people one important reason to vote. After November 8, the value of your story will continue to resonate as we must continue to educate the public about the adverse impact that abortion bans are having on health care. We need to raise awareness of the need for physicians to be able to practice unimpeded by legislative restrictions that ignore evidence-based care.
Tracey O’Connell, MD, is a radiologist, personal development coach, and certified facilitator of Brene Brown’s work and expressive writing. She works with teens, families, and LGBTQ+ to foster positive self-worth and sustainable well-being. Her programs, offerings, and articles can be found on her website, www.traceyoconnellmd.com.
Glenmarie Matthews, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor and Director of Complex Contraception and Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in New Jersey.
Lisa Bloom, founder of Story Coach, is a professional Storyteller, accredited coach, author, mentor, and leadership expert. She authored two bestselling books: The Story Advantage and Cinderella and the Coach and she works with organizations developing Transformational Story Leaders, creative yet resilient cultures, and leading change processes through the power of storytelling. And she trains coaches to use storytelling as a powerful approach to impact their clients and grow their businesses. http://www.story-coach.com
Come for an interactive session with Dr. Glenmarie Matthews, Director of Complex Contraception and Family Planning at Rutgers RWJ Medical School, and Lisa Bloom, founder of Story Coach, who will lead you through an interactive exercise so you can craft and share a patient care story aimed to raise awareness in your community about the challenges that arise during pregnancy. Banning abortion goes beyond just rape and incent. There is an urgent need to impress upon the public the urgency for them to have access to health care unimpeded by legislative restrictions that ignore evidence-based care.
You will learn 5 simple steps to form a compelling story; then, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your story in small group breakouts. You will leave this session with a grounding in how telling your story might help influence others to more clearly appreciate the strain that abortion bans may be having on your ability to receive sufficient training in reproductive care and provide appropriate care in a timely manner.
Join us so you can increase awareness of the adverse effects the limits on reproductive care are having on your patients and your livelihood.
Register Even If You Cannot Join Us Live. We will make the recording available to all registrants