5 Steps to an Effective Partnership with your Health Care Provider

1) Know their name. I’m not kidding. This person is making (as opposed to recommending/presenting options?) decisions about your body and mind. She/he is slicing you open with a knife or is poking around in your vagina; Dr. K-something did what to you?

2) Remind them it’s your body and mind. In other words, you’re the one making decisions and they ought to be presenting options your way. If you feel lost and would like their opinion, then ask, but handing over control of the only body you have in this life to “that tall guy with big glasses” does not a happy partnership make.

3) Respect goes both ways. There are various factors that contribute to the almost worship-like respect that is granted to physicians (I’m not a physician, I’m a midwife, I promise you that’s not bitterness in my voice, midwives are above such things) but physicians are human, not God, they make mistakes and have weaknesses like we all do. Respect them for their hard work and dedication to the profession (and hopefully to you as well), but more importantly, expect them to respect you as a human being who is granting them the privilege of working with you.

4) Accept that sometimes, we just don’t know what’s wrong with you. We are not all-knowing masters of the universe, even if some of us think we are. We need to consult colleagues, reference materials, refer out to specialists, etc. Don’t doubt us, have faith, and remember that the times you should be worried are when providers cannot admit they don’t know or, even more dangerously, make mistakes and hide them. Please see #3 for further information regarding God and such.

5) Communicate your needs, worries, and concerns. As an advanced practice nurse I know how comfortable patients feel talking with nurses as opposed to their physicians. Let’s work on that. We’re all in this together, trying to make the world a healthier place. Nurses, Doctors, Physician’s Assistants, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and a whole assortment of healthcare professionals are here for you, but we ALL need to hear what you have to say. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking up then ask yourself, why? What is it about this relationship that causes me to restrain my voice? Can I do something about that? Can I mend this relationship? Most providers want to provide the best care they can for you, but may not know what you need beyond the checking off of symptoms. Try speaking up, we want to hear your story. Communication, as in all relationships, is key.

Susana Vega believes in this crazy idea that honest communication, respect, and love will bring us peace. Besides practicing as a newbie Certified Nurse-Midwife in Northern Virginia, USA she loves to tweet so stop by and say hello Susana the [email protected]


  1. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this
    site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appeal.
    I must say that you’ve done a fantastic job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads super quick for me on Internet explorer.
    Excellent Blog!

  2. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.

  3. Thanks for your helpful article. Other thing is that mesothelioma cancer is generally due to the inhalation of material from asbestos fiber, which is a very toxic material. It really is commonly witnessed among staff in the building industry who may have long contact with asbestos. It is also caused by living in asbestos covered buildings for an extended time of time, Your age plays a crucial role, and some individuals are more vulnerable towards the risk as compared with others.

  4. I have not checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are really good quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend. :)

  5. My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different website and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.

  6. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I am hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the future too. In fact your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own website going now. Really blogging is spreading its wings and growing fast. Your write up is a great example.

  7. 618650 424596Awesome material you fellas got these. I truly like the theme for the site along with how you organized a person who. It is a marvelous job For certain i will come back and check out you out sometime. 60230

  8. One thing I’d like to say is before acquiring more computer system memory, look into the machine directly into which it could be installed. When the machine is definitely running Windows XP, for instance, a memory ceiling is 3.25GB. Using over this would merely constitute just a waste. Make sure one’s mother board can handle your upgrade quantity, as well. Thanks for your blog post.

  9. As I web site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling fantastic , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

  10. There are some attention-grabbing closing dates on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There may be some validity however I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as well

  11. An additional issue is that video games are typically serious in nature with the key focus on knowing things rather than leisure. Although, we have an entertainment element to keep the kids engaged, every single game is generally designed to focus on a specific experience or programs, such as numbers or scientific discipline. Thanks for your write-up.

  12. As I web-site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling wonderful , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

  13. Thanks for expressing your ideas. I would also like to express that video games have been actually evolving. Today’s technology and revolutions have made it easier to create reasonable and fun games. These types of entertainment games were not that sensible when the real concept was being experimented with. Just like other areas of know-how, video games also have had to progress by means of many ages. This is testimony on the fast continuing development of video games.

  14. you’re really a good webmaster. The site loading speed is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you have done a great job on this topic!

  15. I think this is among the most vital info for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  16. 573984 603707Hosting a blog composing facility (in a broad sense) requires unlimited space. So I suggest you to discover such internet hosting (internet space provider) that offer flexibility inside your internet space. 244527

  17. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

  18. Attractive element of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to claim that I acquire actually loved account your weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing for your feeds and even I success you get entry to persistently rapidly.

  19. Thanks for your article. It is extremely unfortunate that over the last ten years, the travel industry has had to take on terrorism, SARS, tsunamis, flu virus, swine flu, as well as first ever entire global economic downturn. Through it the industry has really proven to be strong, resilient and also dynamic, discovering new ways to deal with difficulty. There are generally fresh problems and the opportunity to which the field must once more adapt and behave.

  20. What i do not understood is actually how you are not actually much more well-liked than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You realize therefore significantly relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always maintain it up!

  21. fantastic post, very informative. I’m wondering why the other specialists of this sector don’t understand this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  22. Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in internet explorer, might test this… IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a huge component to other people will miss your fantastic writing because of this problem.

  23. Thank you for some other magnificent post. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such information.

  24. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange contract between us!

  25. Thanks for your advice on this blog. A single thing I would like to say is the fact purchasing consumer electronics items from the Internet is certainly not new. In reality, in the past 10 years alone, the marketplace for online gadgets has grown considerably. Today, you can find practically virtually any electronic system and other gadgets on the Internet, ranging from cameras along with camcorders to computer pieces and video games consoles.

  26. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  27. I think other web-site proprietors should take this web site as an model, very clean and fantastic user genial style and design, as well as the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  28. You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be actually one thing that I feel I would never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very huge for me. I’m looking ahead in your next put up, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  29. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  30. Thanks a ton for your post. I’d like to write my opinion that the expense of car insurance varies widely from one plan to another, due to the fact there are so many different facets which contribute to the overall cost. For instance, the brand name of the automobile will have a massive bearing on the fee. A reliable old family automobile will have an inexpensive premium when compared to a flashy sports car.

  31. Thanks for this wonderful article. Also a thing is that most digital cameras are available equipped with a new zoom lens that allows more or less of any scene for being included by way of ‘zooming’ in and out. Most of these changes in target length will be reflected from the viewfinder and on massive display screen right on the back of the exact camera.

  32. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and all. But imagine if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this site could certainly be one of the best in its field. Great blog!

  33. I have read some good stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you place to create this sort of fantastic informative web site.

  34. Thanks for your write-up. I would like to say this that the very first thing you will need to do is to see if you really need credit repair. To do that you need to get your hands on a duplicate of your credit score. That should never be difficult, ever since the government makes it necessary that you are allowed to have one free copy of your credit report every year. You just have to consult the right people today. You can either check out the website owned by the Federal Trade Commission or contact one of the main credit agencies directly.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.