Date of Graduation
Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Ethnic minorities such as African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Laotions, Hmongs, and Alaskan Natives have higher rates of cesarean delivery, pre-term birth, fetal demise, perinatal laceration, and congenital abnormalities than their white counterparts. Continuous labor support by way of doula care has been recommended for all pregnant women as a means to prevent adverse birth outcomes. Despite this, the population most in need of such support in unable to access doula services due to low socioeconomic status, availability of services, and cultural inaccessibility. This paper focuses on my capstone experience with UCSF and Roots of Labor Birth Collective as we created a program to provide and evaluate the impact of culturally competent doula care to improve the birth experiences of women of color.
Thich, Christina Bao Ngoc, "Doula Support as a Means to Improve Birth Outcomes for Minority Women" (2016). Master's Projects. 477.