I can’t overstate the positive impact that a medical provider can have on their patients in the midst of a vulnerable pregnancy, and I’m always deeply moved when a doctor goes above and beyond to care for these families.
At the same time, when I see or hear of a doctor's impact actually being more negative than positive, it can be discouraging because I know it doesn’t need or have to be that way. One way or another, this is for certain: the medical community will play a pivotal role in every family’s journey through a high-risk pregnancy.
So what’s the X factor? What determining factor will cause a family to feel safe and supported rather than disregarded and discouraged? It comes down to one word: empathy.