Understanding Low-Income African American Women's Expectations, Preferences, and Priorities in Prenatal Care

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Marjie Mogul, Judy A. Shea

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We aimed to explore factors affecting prenatal care attendance and preferences for prenatal care experiences among low-income black women by conducting a focus group study using a community-based participatory research framework and nominal group technique. Discussions were audiorecorded, transcribed, and coded by trained reviewers. Friends/family and baby's health were the top attendance motivators. Greatest barriers were insurance, transportation, and ambivalence. Facilitators included transportation services, social support, and resource education. In a "perfect system," women wanted continuity of care, personal connection, and caring/respect from providers. Relationship-centered maternity care models may mitigate disparities. Group prenatal care may provide the continuity and support system desired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-157
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015



  • African Americans
  • community-based participatory research
  • focus groups
  • prenatal care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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