Transdisciplinary Imagination: Addressing Equity and Mistreatment in Perinatal Care

Saraswathi Vedam, Laurie Zephyrin, Pandora Hardtman, Indra Lusero, Rachel Olson, Sonia S. Hassan, Nynke van den Broek, Kathrin Stoll, Paulomi Niles, Keisha Goode, Lauren Nunally, Remi Kandal, James W. Bair

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Inequities in birth outcomes are linked to experiential and environmental exposures. There have been expanding and intersecting wicked problems of inequity, racism, and quality gaps in childbearing care during the pandemic. We describe how an intentional transdisciplinary process led to development of a novel knowledge exchange vehicle that can improve health equity in perinatal services. We introduce the Quality Perinatal Services Hub, an open access digital platform to disseminate evidence based guidance, enhance health systems accountability, and provide a two-way flow of information between communities and health systems on rights-based perinatal services. The QPS-Hub responds to both community and decision-makers’ needs for information on respectful maternity care. The QPS-Hub is well poised to facilitate collaboration between policy makers, healthcare providers and patients, with particular focus on the needs of childbearing families in underserved and historically excluded communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-681
Number of pages8
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Health services
  • Mistreatment
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Racism
  • Reproductive justice
  • Transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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