Childbirth Educator Burn-out


  • Betsy K. Adrian Ed.M., MPH, ACCE

    1. Betsy K. Adrian received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois, and has been an A.S.P.O. certified instructor since 1976. Address inquiries to the author at 613 West Washington, Urbana IL 61801.
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ABSTRACT: The process of changing from an enthusiastic childbirth educator through stages of unease, discontent, and disillusionment is described. The source of burn-out was a growing realization of the disparity between the humane childbirth practices described in classes and the routines of the hospital. Childbirth educators can feel free of this conflict of interest only when they receive referrals from community sources, and establish themselves as representatives of the parents rather than the hospital and doctors.