Courtney L. Everson, PhD, is academic faculty and dean of graduate studies at the Midwives College of Utah (MCU) in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Everson’s research addresses doula and midwifery care as client-centered care models for reducing health inequities and improving perinatal well-being. Dr. Everson is also a practicing birth doula, postpartum doula and perinatal health educator, primarily serving at-risk youth and families for the past 10 years. Dr. Everson is a founding member of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA) and the inaugural vice president of the ODA; director of research education for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Division of Research; the first vice president for the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) and serves on the boards of directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH).
Despite spending $111 billion annually on maternity care, the United States is plagued by poor maternal and infant health outcomes, ranking thirty-third on the 2015 Mother’s Index—a global measure that evaluates the well-being of mothers and children by nation (Save the Children 2015). Read more…. Doulas and Midwives: Transforming the Landscape, Together