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A Pilot Exploring Self-Advocacy as a Factor in Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in Pregnant Black Women

Braxter, Betty and Thomas, Teresa and Scott, Paul and Cousins, Trisha and Doswell, Willa (2021) A Pilot Exploring Self-Advocacy as a Factor in Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in Pregnant Black Women. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021.

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Every year about 700 women die due to a birth and or postpartum difficulty. The United States (US) has the highest number of women dying compared to other countries. Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die than White or Latina women. A number of issues are linked with the US death rate. We begin with healthcare providers and hospitals that the women use. The other issue is patients. We are looking at how Black women share their concerns with healthcare providers and or self-advocate for themselves. The study looks at the usefulness of a new 20-item survey, the Pregnancy Self-Advocacy Survey (PSAS). One hundred Black adult women who are currently pregnant, or have delivered and experienced postpartum in the past six months will participate in the study. The women complete a survey that asks questions about level of education, and number of children they have delivered. Both surveys should take 30 minutes or less. The study information will be used to make needed changes in the PSAS. The information from the study will also help to develop programs to assist Black women to talk with healthcare providers. Black women talking with their healthcare provider will help providers to better respond to their problems, needs, and wishes during the pregnancy and postpartum period.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Braxter, BettyBJBST32@pitt.eduBJBST320000-0002-1942-6023
Thomas, Teresatih42@pitt.edutih42@pitt.edu0000-0001-7403-7314
Scott, Paulpws5@pitt.edupws5
Doswell, Willawdo100@pitt.eduwdo100
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2021
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/8def-8d50
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Sports Medicine and Nutrition
School of Nursing > Nursing
Refereed: No
Other ID: 4145
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 19:11
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 19:29


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