Researching Childbirth Practices in Spain: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Researching Childbirth Practices in Spain: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


I am here in Barcelona this summer with Paul Grima, who is a fellow student of mine, studying the higher rates of cesarean sections across Spain.
We have been working with professors at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. While there we have been interviewing the students to try to get an understanding of the youthful
perspective of support systems throughout the birth process. Additionally, we have been speaking with parents and people of the community trying to get an understanding of their experience with the healthcare system
here. Specifically with a focus on their public health care system. In Extremadura
where we are going after this they have a cesarean rate of over twenty-seven
percent whereas Pais Vasco they have a rate of just over twelve percent. So
that is why we are going from region to region trying to get an understanding of
why these differences exist. We received funding from the Undergraduate Research
Opportunity Program. There would be no way I could do this entire research project
without the help of of this awesome grant. It has really allowed me to
immerse myself in a culture, learn so much about it, and really dive into a
topic I am really passionate about. It is something that I am entirely
grateful for. For the Spanish and Arts and Letters pre-health major in
particular, this experience will be one of the best experiences for me as I move
on to medicine. I think that I can come out with some really strong lessons for
giving better obstetric care and I definitely look to be involved with
public health around the world. So I think it’s really setting me up for a
good future in medicine, being a bilingual physician.

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