Eileen Olesker received her RN from Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1969, and her nurse midwifery certificate from Downstate Medical Center. She is an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Nurse Midwifery and codirector and founder of the Baltimore Birth Center.
CHILDBEARING AMONG LESBIANS: Are We Meeting Their Needs?
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1984 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 322–329, September-October 1984
How to Cite
Olesker, E. and Walsh, L. V. (1984), CHILDBEARING AMONG LESBIANS: Are We Meeting Their Needs?. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 29: 322–329. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(84)90244-1
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
Parenthood for lesbians is an alternative family structure appearing with increasing frequency, but there is a lack of documentation of the unique needs of this population and the effect of societal attitudes on the provision of health care to these women. Using a survey with 74 open-ended questions, the authors found that their sample population did seek care in the traditional health care system, but felt improvements could be made within that system. Participants felt a need for health care providers to educate themselves about lesbian life-styles and lesbian health care issues. Although the participants would prefer to receive care from a provider who happened to be lesbian, even more important was a provider with an open, supportive attitude. As a pilot study, this survey aids in developing an instrument appropriate for assessing the self-perceived needs of this target population.