USJ’s Dr. Lucida Canty’s, Ph.D., CN.M. research forum presentation on racial and health disparities, The Lived Experiences of Severe Maternal Morbidity Among Black Women was selected by the Division of Research Dissemination Committee as the Best Podium Presentation for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) 66th Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Dr. Canty said, “I am honored to be recognized for my research, something that I am passionate about, improving maternal health outcomes among all women. I see the value in all of our experiences and want to engage others in addressing health disparities.”
One of the many comments that praised her research included, “This podium described a rigorous and exceptionally well-conducted study describing Black women’s experiences with severe maternal morbidity. This study was theoretically rigorous, extremely important and relevant, with both extreme depth and specific clinical applications.”
Dr. Canty will be awarded during the live, in-person event at next year’s annual meeting. Congratulations Dr. Canty!
Dr. Canty’s podium description:
Black women have a long history of poor maternal health outcomes. They are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication and twice as likely to experience severe maternal morbidity when compared to White women. A serious gap exists in our knowledge of health disparities in maternal health. There is also a gap in the literature on the experience of Black women during childbirth and among those who experienced severe maternal morbidity. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of Black women who suffered a life-threatening complication during childbirth or postpartum. Knowledge about possible complications; the health care provider-patient relationship; race; and mental wellbeing in the aftermath play an essential role in the experience of severe maternal morbidity among Black women. Midwives should be aware, their interactions influence women’s mental wellbeing when they suffered a life-threatening complication and the need for culturally sensitive care. Further studies are needed to examine Black women’s experiences during childbirth and the relationship with health care providers. The voices of Black women can provide perspective into the unique challenges that Black women face during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
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