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Social Justice as a Wider Lens of Support for Childbearing Women

Authors

  • M. Cynthia Logsdon,

    1. DNS, ARNP, FAAN, is the associate chief of nursing-research, and a professor in the School of Nursing, and a professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine, and associate faculty, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
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  • Deborah Winders Davis

    1. DNS, is an associate professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine and associate faculty, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
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Correspondence
M. Cynthia Logsdon, DNS, ARNP, FAAN, University of Louisville Medical Center, 555 South Floyd Street HSC, Louisville, KY 40202.
mclogs01@gwise.louisville.edu The authors and planners for this activity report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships. The article includes no discussion of off-label drug or devise use. No commercial support was received for this educational activity.

ABSTRACT

The ecological model is used as a framework for applying social justice concepts to the care of childbearing women and families. In this model, the environment of childbearing women has 3 distinct levels: macrosystem, mesosystem, and microsystem. Two scenarios are described and examples of nursing actions to promote social justice at each level are provided. This article demonstrates how maternal/infant nursing practice can be expanded to promote health equities, social justice, and support.

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