The Power of Pregnancy Clubs: New Research on Group Antenatal Care

July 10, 2019 - 9:00am

Join us for the fourth webinar in our series, "Quality of Care: An Essential Pillar to Achieve Universal Health Coverage for Women, Children, and Adolescents."

Many women in low- and middle-income countries face gaps in access to respectful, high-quality antenatal care (ANC): They often do not receive the recommended services for a healthy pregnancy and experience poor quality of care when they do. Heavy workloads, staffing shortages, and other pressures create compassion fatigue in health providers, translating to disrespectful treatment of pregnant women.

Alternative ANC models are needed to better meet the needs and expectations of pregnant women. To this end, MSH began a collaborative design process with pregnant women, family members, midwives, community health workers, and health providers to develop and test a model of group ANC, or “pregnancy clubs.” The model aims to improve maternal and newborn health by providing a safe space where pregnant women can share experiences, receive essential health information from a midwife or other skilled provider, and track and better understand the progress of their pregnancies.

In this webinar, our colleagues will share the results of a recent evaluation of pregnancy clubs in Kenya to better understand the effects and acceptability of group ANC.

Presented by:

Shafia Rashid, Principal Technical Advisor, MSH

Kate Ramsey, Senior Principal Technical Advisor, MSH

Priyam Sharda, Design Research Lead, Scope

Moderated by:

Cara Endyke-Doran, Principal Technical Advisor, MSH 

Shafia Rashid, Principal Technical Advisor at the FCI Program of MSH, has over 15 years of experience managing and implementing policy and advocacy projects at global and national levels. She holds an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a master of international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Kate Ramsey, Senior Principal Technical Advisor for Maternal Health, has more than 15 years of experience working in global health, focusing on maternal and newborn health, health systems, and implementation research. Ramsey holds an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on disrespect and abuse in childbirth.

Priyam Sharda, Design Research Lead at Scope, applies a fused lens of social science frameworks and design methods to maternal and child health projects. Sharda holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and has previously worked in the space of applied ethnography with rural and urban populations across the globe. She worked on the Kenya and Guatemala legs of this project and believes strongly that framing the right context, and building incremental learning at every step of the design process, is the definitive way of designing the right solution(s) for complex problems.

Cara Endyke-Doran leads the Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health team at MSH. Endyke-Doran is an advance practice nurse with 20 years of experience leading large, integrated health projects focused on improving maternal, child, and adolescent health; protecting orphans and vulnerable children; and strengthening HIV prevention, care, and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa.