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Multidisciplinary Collaborative Development of a Plain-Language Prenatal Education Book


Address correspondence to Julie Mottl-Santiago, CNM, MPH, 85 East Concord St, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02118. E-mail:


During pregnancy, women actively seek out health information that promotes the well-being of themselves and their fetuses. For those with health literacy challenges, access to understandable health information can be difficult. Written information, in particular, needs to be readable and usable by the women served. Plain language is an essential component of effective health education material. In an effort to create standardized prenatal education materials for a diverse population of childbearing women, Boston Medical Center's midwifery service led a multidisciplinary initiative to develop a comprehensive plain-language prenatal education book. Midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, nurses, and community doulas contributed to the content of the book; art students provided graphic design skills; and a literacy consultant assisted in the wording and layout. The Hey Mama! book provides women with woman-centered, readable, comprehensive information about pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and newborn care.