In this course you will learn how to differentiate, describe, and implement informed consent and shared decision making in perinatal care, identify and overcome barriers to shared-decision making, support clients and patients in making difficult decisions, and advocate for informed choice in settings where you are not the care provider.

Shared decision-making is a collaborative process that allows patients and their providers to make healthcare decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available as well as the patient’s values and preferences. Shared decision-making honors the providers’ expert knowledge and the patient’s right to be fully informed of all care options and the potential harms and benefits. This process provides patients with the support they need to make the best individualized care decisions while allowing providers to feel confident in the care that they prescribe. ~The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making

Utilizing Informed Consent

  • Improves patient outcomes and satisfaction with care

  • Allows for dignified care that honors the preferences and values of individuals and their human right to autonomy

  • Is legally and morally required of healthcare providers