Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD, is focused on understanding the factors that influence the health, wellbeing and livelihood of low-income and women of color who I am fortunate enough to serve clinically at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Using the intersectional human rights middle range theory called reproductive Justice (RJ), enables me to design rigorous studies that answer novel and complex research questions because RJ is simultaneously a theory, practice and a strategy that is grounded in four principles. Simply put, RJ posits that every person has the right to decide if and when to become pregnant and to determine the conditions under which they will birth. Next, every person has the right to decide they will not become pregnant or have a baby and options for preventing or ending pregnancy are accessible and available. Third, individuals have the right parent children they already have with dignity and has the necessary social supports in safe environments and health communities without fear of violence from individuals or the government. Finally, individuals have the right to disassociate sex from reproduction and that health sexuality and pleasure are essential components to whole and full human life.
January 4, 2021
Chambers BD, Arega HA, Arabia SE, Taylor B, Barron R, Gates B, Scruggs-Leach L, Scott KA, McLemore MR. Black women’s perspectives on structural racism across the reproductive lifespan: A conceptual framework for measurement development. Maternal and Child Health Journal. January 2021; [Epub ahead of print].
November 24, 2020
Black Women Scholars and the Research Working Group of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. Black maternal health research re-envisioned: Best practices for the conduct of research with, for, and by black mamas. Harvard Law and Policy Review. November 2020; 14;393-415.
November 12, 2020
Crear-Perry J, Correa-de-Araujo R, Johnson TL, McLemore MR, Neilson E, Wallace M. Social and structural determinants of health inequities in maternal health. Journal of Women's Health. November 2020; jwh.2020.8882.
October 16, 2020
Trainor L, Frickberg-Middleton E, McLemore MR, Franck L. Mexican-Born women’s experiences of perinatal care in the United States. Journal of Patient Experience. October 2020; doi:10.1177/2374373520966818.
October 9, 2020
McLemore MR, Berkowitz R, Oltman SP, Baer RJ, Franck L, Fuchs J, Karasek D, Kuppermann M, Mckenzie-Simpson S, Melbourne D, Taylor B, Williams S, Rand L, Chambers BD, Scott K, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. Risk and protective factors for preterm birth among black women in Oakland, California. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. October 2020; s40615-020-00889-2.
October 6, 2020
Scott KA, Chambers BD, Baer RJ, Ryckman KK, McLemore MR, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. Preterm birth and nativity among Black women with gestational diabetes in California, 2013-2017: a population-based retrospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. October 2020; 20(1):593.