Do mothers know best

Do Mothers Know Best? An Evaluative Study on Maternal Counseling Provided By Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital on Different Difficult Birth Situations Such As Post-Abortion, Neonatal Morbidity and Neonatal Mortality

ABSTRACT

Castro, B.C. (2016). ‘Do Mothers Know Best?’ An Evaluative Study on Maternal Counseling Provided by Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital on Different Difficult Birth Situations such as Post-Abortion, Neonatal Morbidity and Neonatal Mortality, Unpublished Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

The purpose of this research is to explore how Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital serves as a strategic communicator for providing counselling to women who have experienced post-abortion, neonatal mortality, and neonatal morbidity. It seeks to describe the communication strategies, counselling approaches and communication tools exhibited by Fabella hospital. Counselling is vital in the exchange of information to discuss findings and provide feedback relevant to the medical scenario. Doctor-patient dyadic communication is undervalued resulting to weak appraisal of counselling in the Philippines. Drawing on case approach and intensive focus interviews, this research describes how Fabella hospital is able to provide counselling to mother’s who have experienced difficult birth situations. Fabella has competent doctors, nurses and midwives who are able to handle difficult maternal cases in spite of the daily volume. Senior OB-GYN doctors spearhead the actual transfer of information and necessary suggestions to the mothers encountering post-abortion, neonatal mortality and neonatal morbidity. Fabella’s hospital administration provides seminars and workshops to its in-house medical providers to make them equipped but giving enough leeway for its medical providers to exhibit their own technique in providing counselling. The hospital administration remains resilient despite weak clout in ensuring that the hospital continues to function.

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