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Black women are disproportionately affected by high maternal morbidity and mortality rates, impacting their ability to perform their role as mothers. Research has shown that close to half of these maternal morbidity and mortality events are preventable, demonstrating that care that employs prevention strategies and supports self-management of conditions is beneficial to lowering the rate at which these events occur. Although maternal health (MH) is an emerging area of practice for the profession, occupational therapists (OTs) are well equipped to provide preventative care to expectant mothers and assist in providing care that can aid in lowering the maternal morbidity and mortality rates.
Because there is limited guidance available for occupational therapy practitioners (OTP) on their role in working with black expectant mothers, the purpose of this capstone project was to create an online resource for OTs interested in black maternal health that focuses on improving health management occupations to aid in the prevention of maternal morbidity and mortality events. This was created by interviewing and observing MH stakeholders, interviewing OTP that practice in MH, and performing an extensive literature review. Once the resource was created, OTP and occupational therapy students peer reviewed the resource then provided feedback on the relevance of the information. Upon the conclusion of the revision process, the project dissemination included sharing the resource with the capstone team and capstone experiential site, releasing to the public, and future presentations at various conferences.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
maternal health, black maternal health, occupational therapy, health management, health prevention
Medical Subject Headings
Blacks, Mothers, Women's Health, Maternal Health Services, Prenatal Care, Health Promotion, Preventive Health Services, Occupational Therapy
Obstetrics and Gynecology | Occupational Therapy
Alexander, A., Smith, M., & Rashad, D. (2023, April 12). Supporting Black Mothers in Health Management Occupations During Prenatal Care: An Online Resource for Occupational Therapists. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesspring2023/3