Pelvic Pain Knows No Border

The mission of the Women’s Action Initiative, parent non-profit of Share MayFlowers, is as follows:

The maternal and pelvic health concerns of women and girls are important, and we exist to serve those needs. We employ a range of partnerships & interventions, including clinical training, community education, research, advocacy and outreach. Our mission includes all females. Everywhere.

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All females.  Everywhere.  True to that sentiment, we have a piece to say and a yarn to tie together across socioeconomic lines, cultures, healthcare disciplines, ages, oceans and causes.  It is because all of these intersect in one way or another with maternal and pelvic health.  Like a big ol’ pelvic patchwork quilt that we want to wrap around all the ladies in the world.

Our colleague, Stephanie Prendergast, a California-based pelvic health physical therapist who is internationally recognized as an expert educator, advocate and clinician in the area of pelvic pain, feels the same way.  It all comes out in a post she wrote last year after a teaching trip to China; a piece that we are thrilled to re-post the intro and link to it below! (Also: check out the blog for Steph’s group!  Brilliant ladies doing brilliant work!)

~jessica

Dateline China: Spreading the Word about Pelvic Pain PT

Stephanie Prendergast (MPT)
Stephanie Prendergast (MPT)

In this post I’m going to share an amazing experience I had in May (2012)when I traveled to China to take part in a series of lectures focused on raising awareness of pelvic pain.

I made the trip with an organization called GSEPS. “GSEPS” stands for the “Globel Society for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Surgeons,” and is the brainchild of Dr. Maurice Chung, a urogyn from Ohio. The mission of GSEPS is to bring skilled medical professionals from the U.S. to China in order to educate and train the Chinese medical community to identify and treat pelvic pain.  (Click here for more info about GSEPS.)

Okay, at this point, I know that many of you are thinking. “Wait a minute, what about educating and training the medical   community here in the U.S.!” This is a sentiment that’s certainly not lost on me. As someone who works toward that very end, my experience in China actually served to give me some important insight into how much work still needs to be done here in the U.S….Read the rest of Stephanie’s post here.

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