Date of Graduation

Fall 12-2016

Document Access

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya


The Birthing Project USA is a non-profit organization that works towards helping pregnant women of color improve the birth outcomes of the baby as well the mother. The organization addresses the issue of infant mortality through the extended family model to achieve safe delivery and babies who have an opportunity to lead a healthy life. They also provide information, training, technical assistance and support to the trainees, who in turn mentor the pregnant women (little sister) with their pregnancy until the baby is one year old. This model has been replicated domestically and internationally in countries such as United States, Cuba, Canada, Africa and Latin America. This paper summarizes the fieldwork experience that was fulfilled at the Birthing Project USA. It includes the data researched on the extended family model, overview of the organization, project plan, implementation, summary of findings, public health significance and conclusion. It also makes use of the various competencies that were learned during the MPH program and were utilized in the fieldwork hours.

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