Research Report Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved
A Comparative Case Study of Three Maternity Care Models Serving Women in Washington, D.C.
Louise Palmer, Allison Cook, Brigette Courtot
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This comparative case study describes the organization, delivery, and content of care of three maternity care models serving low-income women at risk of poor birth outcomes in Wards 5, 6, and 7 in Washington D.C. The first model, a birth center, provides prenatal care, birth services, postpartum follow-up, and infant and child health care. The second is a safety net clinic, which provides a variety of primary health care services, as well as prenatal care services. A not-for-profit teaching and research hospital represents a third option in which prenatal and postnatal care is provided through an on-site obstetric clinic.
Research Areas Health and health care Families Children and youth
Tags Health insurance Health care delivery and payment Health equity Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Family planning Children's health and development Maternal, child, and reproductive health Public health Race, gender, class, and ethnicity Women and girls Sexual and reproductive health Washington, DC, research initiative
Policy Centers Health Policy Center
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV