Sociology student Keri Spiller, co-author for "“Patients want to see people that look like them”: Aspiring midwives of color as resistance to racism through concordant care in the United States" has been published in the June 2023 issue of SSM - Qualitative Research in Health journal.
Midwifery care and racially or culturally concordant care are evidence-based ways to address the current perinatal health crisis and disparate health outcomes in communities of color in the United States. However, the midwifery profession lacks diversity, which hinders its ability to provide racial or culturally concordant care. Therefore, this study sought to understand the perspectives and journeys of aspiring midwives of color to gain insight into this lack of diversity. One-on-one interviews were conducted with 20 aspiring midwives from diverse racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds and analyzed using thematic analysis. Four themes were developed: 1) a long and complicated journey to midwifery; 2) structural and interpersonal racism as persistent roadblocks; 3) a justice-informed, community-based model of care; and 4) how midwives of color can transform the midwifery profession. The meta-theme of midwives of color as resistance to racism through concordant care was present within and across the four themes. The findings from this study expose previously unrecognized barriers to entering midwifery and highlight how aspiring midwives are poised to create positive change for underserved and marginalized communities through active resistance against racism through concordant midwifery care. Facilitating the midwifery careers of these individuals will require intentional changes in policy, education, and the workforce in order to fully realize this potential.
Amy Alspaugh, Daniel F.M. Suárez-Baquero, Renee Mehra, Nikki Lanshaw, Jennie Joseph, Maya Combs, Keridwyn Spiller, Monica R. McLemore, Linda S. Franck. “Patients want to see people that look like them”: Aspiring midwives of color as resistance to racism through concordant care in the United States. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, Volume 3, 2023, 100226. ISSN 2667-3215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100226