Friday 8:30 a.m.
All Our Babies: Improving Rural Birth Outcomes in Minnesota
Rural women are more likely to be poor and lack health insurance, and must often travel significant distances to access the obstetric care they need. Doulas are an emerging profession in rural areas, and provide a low-cost way for pregnant women to receive ongoing support and birth education. Doulas from tribal communities are working to revitalize birth traditions, with the hope that American Indian women will help each other return to their traditional birthing roots. This session will include information from a doula's perspective, and identify areas where local public health and health care can work together to improve rural birth outcomes.
Dorene Day, Three Fires Society
Kristen Tharaldson, Minnesota Dept. of Health
In This Theme: Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Diverse Communities