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Research & Evidence-Based Practices

The Maternal Health Network is committed to using evidence-based decision making to ensure the maternal health system in San Bernardino County is best positioned to support families before, during, and after pregnancy.

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The Maternal Health Network uses evidence-based decision making to inform our work on behalf of families in San Bernardino County. In order for a program or practice to be recognized as evidence-based they must have demonstrated the highest level of evidence of effectiveness. By using evidence-based decision making, the Maternal Health Network organizes around outcomes, identifying indicators and collecting local data to determine areas of need and promising practices or activities. All decisions made by the Network are grounded in the best available evidence, and will continuously be revisited should new evidence become available that could inform a shift in our policies or practices.

Trends in the field

Black Pregnant Women "Get the Most Judgment": A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Black Women at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Pregnancy

Researchers interviewed 24 Black pregnant women to learn about their experiences of gendered racism while pregnant and concerns about parenting Black children. The researchers supports interventions such as pregnancy support groups, broader societal conversations valuing Black women and their pregnancies, and evidence-based coping strategies.

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