Dawn Durain

William Penn University, Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Publications (2)1.91 Total impact

  • Dawn Durain
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    ABSTRACT: Many women are familiar with the experience of dysmenorrhea, which can contribute to significant physical and emotional distress and life disruption. However, women may not seek professional expertise in their attempt to alleviate this condition. It is important to assess the beliefs and experiences of all women with dysmenorrhea, including adolescents, as early in gynecologic care as possible. This article reviews the management of primary dysmenorrhea. Midwives can provide valuable assistance to women in their explorations of the variety of treatment options available for the relief of dysmenorrhea, including lifestyle changes, complementary and alternative approaches, analgesics, and hormones.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2004 · Journal of Midwifery and Women?s Health
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    ABSTRACT: Women have always braved their way through childbirth one way or another. The hands surrounding them as they make their journey have offered many things. For some it has been herbs or a totem to hold. For others, it has been a tether to a beeping machine or a drug to transform the experience. No one has yet found the method(s) that addresses every pregnant woman's fear or pain during labor and birth. And no one can truly guarantee that all will be okay. The contemporary medical profession offers to shoulder the burden for women by "taking care of it for them," The managed care industry assures the public that they will provide pregnant women with the highest quality of care and the greatest decision-making power. Elected officials promise that they will save women and newborns from unscrupulous legal practices and from the abuses of managed care. But these goals, for better or worse, have yet to be fully realized. No matter the circumstances, women will continue to have babies. Their labors will be short or long, will occur surrounded by flowered d├ęcor or in sterile wards, and will be attended by physicians who are overburdened by the demands of maintaining a practice or by a midwife who must battle with institutional protocols to care for her clients. The battle for the political victories in women's health care will undoubtedly continue for some time to come. The strength and resolve of women and their families will determine the outcome and give voice to the consumer and the midwife in the board-room, in the hearing room, and in the birthing room.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2003 · Nursing Clinics of North America

Publication Stats

66 Citations
1.91 Total Impact Points


  • 2004
    • William Penn University
      Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2003
    • University of Pennsylvania
      • School of Nursing
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States