Zora Javorska 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.