Zora Javorsk? is a community activist from the Czech Republic and a State Department fellow who has been posted to ACNM for a four-month period to study out-of-hospital (OOH) birth in the United States. You can learn more about the program that is facilitating her time at ACNM here. Zora?s interest in the subject stems from the inaccessibility of OOH birth options in the Czech Republic and a corresponding lack of access to midwifery care.
Zora?s research while at ACNM will be a consideration of barriers to OOH birth in the U.S. combined with an effort to understand the factors that lead to positive practice environments for OOH midwives. This will be accomplished with an in-depth policy analysis, multiple interviews with midwives who attend OOH births, and field research in several locations around the country. Upon her return to the Czech Republic, Zora hopes to convene a roundtable to discuss OOH birth that will feature some of the individuals she meets during her time at ACNM, such as providers, policy experts, and midwifery consumers.
ACNM members can follow Zora?s progress through a series of blog posts, which will chronicle the experiences Zora has during her field research. Members are welcome to submit feedback to Zora by emailing her at [email protected].
While ACNM is facilitating Zora?s research, members should be advised that the thoughts expressed in the blogs are Zora?s personal feelings and are not indicative of ACNM policy.