My name is Tiraé Lanise Abernathy. I am a first-year Master of Public Health student at the Brown School at Washington University in Saint Louis. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Medicine, Health, & Society with a concentration in Race, Inequality, and Health Justice from Vanderbilt University. During my time at Vanderbilt I contemplated continuing my education in Medical School, Nursing School, and finally decided Public Health is my desired field. My major, a typical major for health professionals at Vanderbilt, exposed me to health inequities. I was particularly taken aback when I learned of the disparity that exists in the Black community regarding adverse birth outcomes. No other disparity broke my heart, yet enraged and inspired me like this one. I knew that I needed to pursue a career where I could directly influence this disparity; becoming a doctor or nurse was too small scale for me. I want to make big, policy and institutional level change and public health gave me an avenue through which I can do so. I have committed the better of the past three years understanding these disparities: infant mortality, maternal mortality, low birth weight, etc. I have studied countless explanations from a lack of diversity in the medical field to the Weathering Hypothesis, and lack of access to adequate prenatal care. I am tired of the same explanations and research finding the same conclusions. I am ready for action. I know I do not have all the answers. However, as a DONA-trained labor and birth doula I have witnessed firsthand the need and advantage of having a doula here in Saint Louis. My Goal for ABC Doulas is to work, in love, to help eliminate the disparities that pregnant black woman face. ABC Doula Services will combine proven scientific methods with passionate love and care to offer a birthing experience like no other.
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