Anastasia Woods (she/her) is a second-year Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Candidate at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing studying to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. In 2021, Anastasia was awarded the HRSA NHSC Scholarship, which aims to bolster the healthcare workforce by supporting culturally competent healthcare providers. In 2020, Anastasia earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University. Throughout her MPH experience, Anastasia participated in several community engagement efforts as a Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) Scholar. Anastasia’s life-long commitment to addressing racial maternal health disparities stems from her undergraduate research experience;she earned her B.A. in public health and sociology at Franklin and Marshall College. Anastasia’s long-term career goal is to establish midwife and doula-centered birthing centers that provide holistic and affordable care to women of color, LGBT+ families, and low-income families. Connect with Anastasia via LinkedIn!

In her blog post, titled “Intentionally Rebirthing Experiences,” Anastasia applies MCH competency 1: MCH Knowledge Context and competency 11: Working with Communities and Systems to her experiences as an intern at the National Birth Equity Collaborative, as a member of the New Orleans MCH Coalition, and to her training and work as a doula through Sista Midwife Productions and the Nashville Volunteer Doula Program. “The racial disparity in maternal mortality is a direct by-product of structural racism, which further perpetuates discrimination within the healthcare sector. Before we can begin to address health inequities within MCH, it is imperative that we understand Black birthing folks’ healthcare needs.” Continue reading more about Anastasia’s experience here!

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