The next time a mother or father asks you for something that is not a common practice, take the time to listen. Ask yourself if it is safe, or could it be safe. Check to see if her request has research to back it up. Many practices that we consider standard today were thought to be radical in the recent past. It is our ethical duty, as nurses, to advocate for our patients and support their autonomy. Work with a mother to help her make the best choices for her. Respect her choices even when you would make different ones.
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