Within Winnebago County, Illinois African-American mothers have poorer birth outcomes than any other racial/ethnic group. Moreover, they are less likely to have prenatal care in the first trimester, which has been linked to low-birth-weight births, premature births, infant mortality, and maternal mortality. This project will explore the disproportionate amount of LBW/premature births within the African-American community through providing ethnographic data on the prenatal care available to African-American women along with their usage and perceptions of the care they receive. The study will also try to identify if there are any differences in the medical and social experiences between African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian women who have LBW/premature children and those who do not. Data will be collected through interviews with health care providers, longitudinal case studies of African-American women and postpartum interviews with Caucasian, Hispanic, and African-American women. The goal of the project is to identify what cultural and social factors influence access to and usage of prenatal care along with the social/community support available to women in Winnebago County.
The research team
Matt Dalstrom (PI)
Omoshalewa Bamkole (Research Assistant)
Megan Brechon (Student Intern)
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