How Black Mamas and Birthing People Are Redefining Quality in Prenatal Care

Traditional quality improvement (QI) in a hospital setting is grounded by data scientists and clinicians with the goal of increasing efficiency and effectiveness. However, how do we know whether the data we are capturing is telling the full story? How do we capture empathy, ethics and experience within survey design and why is this important?

This February, we are excited to host Dr. Karen Scott, and her work pioneering the PREM-OB Scale and the SACRED Birth Study. Dr. Scott and her team are redefining how success is measured in hospital births by centering Black birthing narratives and community wisdom. The study, designed by Black women scholars, championed by Black women advocates, and centered on Black birthing patients is a key innovation that could serve as a new standard in hospital quality improvement.

In our first hour, we will share the study design and results, how it can impact your community, and how focusing on measuring patient experiences reveals new insights. In our second hour, we will do a deep dive into how QI experts could benefit from utilizing the PREM-OB scale to include both scientific and cultural rigor in their hospital measures. Join us to learn about how redefining quality by centering Black birthing narratives can transform healthcare and hospital care.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Describe the kinds of interactions that express obstetric racism in social and clinical encounters through the narratives of Black birthing people
  • Explain the value of narratives in measure development and hospital performance
  • Utilize the participatory patient-reported measure of obstetric racism to transform maternal and perinatal research and quality improvement

Dial-In Information


Thursday, February 25 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Advocacy & Fundraising, Research & Academia


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni, Patients






Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
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