When it comes to issues related to low-income women seeking early, adequate, or continuous prenatal ca re, the public health and medical communities continue to tell women to take responsibility for their actions. Rarely are messages aimed at providers. To help physicians see how factors in their offices and clinics can affect service utilization, the photo essay, a visual qualitative research strategy was developed using low- income minority and disenfranchised women who had recently given birth or were near to giving birth. Eight photo essays were completed. Together, the narratives, in collaboration with the photos, provided an opportunity for physicians to hear and observe women, as consumers, as they expanded their descriptions of their prenatal care experience.


Visual Research, Prenatal Care, Health Communication, and Access to Care


This work was financially supported by a Cooperative Agreement (#S1152-19/19) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health. Special acknowledgment is offered to Lo Berry of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies for her assistance and support of this project. Thank you to all the women who shared their experiences and allowed us to photograph them.

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