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Minnesota: Providing Culturally Sensitive Pregnancy Care to Black Women

In the U.S., infant mortality and health outcomes during and after pregnancy for black women are poor and, in some areas, dip to levels below that of developing countries. One way to improve the health of black women and their babies is to strengthen the interpersonal relationship and cultural understanding between providers and patients.

A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health recently identified key culturally sensitive values and practices among providers at a successful freestanding birth center serving a diverse urban community. The study was led by PhD student, Ms. J’Mag Karbeah, and recently published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

The researchers conducted semistructured interviews with midwives, student midwives and doulas who either worked at or worked closely with an African American‐owned birth center in north Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The interviews revealed four key themes in the ways the providers support their patients with  racially concordant care:

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