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Category: Cultural Competency

  • African American Postpartum Belly Binding

    African American Postpartum Belly Binding

    Not too long ago, in rural Virginia it was customary for the mother to have a belly band made for the new baby and a belly band aka belly binder made for her, for her postpartum time.  Once the baby was born the midwife and female family members put the belly binder on the postpartum…

  • Competent  Maternity Care

    Competent Maternity Care

    Competent maternity care can reduce maternal mortality and improve perinatal outcomes using the core cultural competencies.   This knowledge is a requirement to reduce preventable deaths in maternal and child health and to build a “much needed” diverse workforce. Cultural competency is a well-established discipline that was introduced to medical education in 1988.  It was later…

  • Announcement: Journal Article Published in 2020 NCMJ

    I am pleased to announce my recent article, Perinatal Disparities and Solutions, is now published in the North Carolina Medical Journal, January – February 2020. The US infant mortality rate is the highest within the cohort of industrialized nations. Healthcare providers, family, and friends must listen to women. We know that at least 60% of…