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Religion and Spirituality in OBGYN 

Religion and Spirituality in OBGYN
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Religion and Spirituality in OBGYN
Author(s):

Rachel Peragallo

and John M. Thorp

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190272432.003.0002
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date: 30 May 2020

Abstract: Women’s reproductive health care involves matters of conscience, religion and spirituality on a daily basis. Most patients are are religious and most major religions have positions about reproductive health decisions. Research regarding the effects of religion and spirituality on patients and their decisions is mixed. Measures of religious practice (e.g. church attendance) are most closely tied to sexual practices, contraceptive and pregnancy termination decisions. For most women, the relationship between reproductive health and their religion or spirituality is complicated. There is a great need for research testing interventions including spiritual and religious components for women making difficult reproductive health decisions. Health care providers who hope to provide women’s health care that includes religious and spiritual dimensions should listen to their patients, ask questions, educate themselves about different religious beliefs and practices, offer fertility awareness-based methods of family planning, and reflect on how their own spiritual and or religious beliefs impact their practice.

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