Friday, October 23, 2009

Pregnant lesbian women not receiving same care as other mothers-to-be

Pregnant lesbian women not receiving same care as other mothers-to-be:
"WASHINGTON - Pregnant lesbian women struggle to be treated like normal expectant mothers as, they say, the focus is often on their sexuality rather than the fact that they are expecting a baby, say researchers.

Swedish researchers from Linkopings University and Uppsala University Hospital have called for special training for midwives, more neutral healthcare routines and forms and special education groups for pregnant women who are lesbians and their partners.

The study showed that pregnant women who are lesbians are not receiving the same care as other mothers-to-be.

The research underlines how important it is for midwives and healthcare professionals to be aware that not all parents are heterosexual and that it is vital to focus on the patient’s needs not their sexuality."

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