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WOMEN'S PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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  • Julie Mottl Santiago CNM, MPH

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    • Julie Mottl-Santiago completed her midwifery education, MPH, and the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program at the Boston University School of Public Health in September 2001 and has recently joined the midwifery practices of Urban Midwife Associates and Boston Medical Center in Boston. She has a decade of experience working with international and domestic community-based women's health programs.


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ABSTRACT

Midwives share a historic commitment with maternal and child public health (MCH) agencies to protect and improve perinatal health among vulnerable populations. Both professions are now beginning to broaden their responsibilities to include the comprehensive health needs of women. Because midwifery's unique woman-centered primary care practices reflect the goals and aims of the developing MCH women's health agenda, continued partnerships between midwives and the maternal and child public health community are imperative to promote the health of women and their families. To facilitate such collaboration, this article presents an overview of women's public health policy and articulates the unique contributions midwives can and do make to women's health care and public health policy.

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