Maternal Health

Maternal health during and immediately after pregnancy is strongly correlated with access to and quality of prenatal medical care; nutrition; and food security. RAND's research on maternal health throughout the world includes studies of prenatal obstetric care for low-income women, the effects of public assistance on birth outcomes, maternal and infant mortality, family planning and birth spacing, prenatal substance use, and maternal mental health.

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    Birthspacing, Fertility, and Family Planning: Policy and Program Implications from the Malaysian Family Life Survey

    Since the 1950s, fertility has fallen in each of Malaysia's three main ethnic groups — Malays, Chinese, and Indians. This report discusses some of the factors that contributed to these fertility trends and differentials.

    Jan 1, 1981

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    Mahlet Gizaw

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in global health and population studies, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University; B.A. in health behavior and society, University of Rochester

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    Gabriela Alvarado

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.D., University of Costa Rica; M.Sc. in public health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; M.A. in anthropology, Georgia State University

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    Chloe E. Bird

    Senior Sociologist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in sociology, Oberlin College

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    Margaretha Bonsu

    Research Assistant
    Education M.Sc. in health economics and health policy, University of Birmingham; M.Pharm. in pharmacy, University of Portsmouth

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    Anita Chandra

    Vice President and Director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Dr.P.H. in population and family health sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H. in maternal and child health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; B.A. in child development, Tufts University

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    Laura J. Faherty

    Physician Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in history of science, Princeton University; M.D., Emory University School of Medicine; M.P.H. in global epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; M.S.H.P. in health policy research, University of Pennsylvania

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    Sara E. Heins

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in biology, Cornell University

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    Lucy Hocking

    Analyst
    Education M.Sc. in child public health, Swansea University; B.Sc. in biomedical science, University of Reading

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    Mary Lou Gilbert

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education J.D. in social welfare, UCLA School of Law; M.A. in Latin American studies and public health, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in social welfare and Chicano studies, University of California, Berkeley

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    Kandice A. Kapinos

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; M.S. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; B.S. in business administration, University of Texas

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    Christine E. Peterson

    Adjunct Technical Analyst
    Education M.A. in economics, University of Southern California

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    Kerry Reynolds

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in health/social psychology, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in psychology, Colgate University

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    Andrea Richardson

    Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in math, University of Chicago; M.P.H. in epidemiology, Emory University; Ph.D. in nutrition epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Gery W. Ryan

    Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Adjunct Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology, University of Florida

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    Dana Schultz

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, Harvard University

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    Lisa Sontag-Padilla

    Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in developmental psychology, University of Florida; B.S. in psychology, Tulane University

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    Lori Uscher-Pines

    Senior Policy Researcher; Research Quality Assurance Manager
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; M.Sc. in international relations/security studies, London School of Economics; B.A. in international relations, University of Pennsylvania