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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




In Milwaukee, Black babies die before their first birthday nearly three times as often as White and Hispanic babies. Prematurity is the major cause of infant mortality, and social determinants of health play a large role. Commitments from within Christian bioethical traditions can critique ethical frameworks commonly in use in US bioethics by calling for the incorporation of analysis of social power dynamics that is necessary for addressing this issue. Original ethnographic fieldwork that listens closely to Black mothers and health professionals uncovers key themes related to women's and infant health at the intersection of race, class, and gender. By learning from these experiences, health care leaders, policymakers, churches and community members can come to a more nuanced understanding of the problem, and draw upon reimagined ethical principles to help shape health practices and policy recommendations.

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