Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 4-21-2021



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jessica Naber, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Summer Cross, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Rogers, Committee Member


Black maternal mortality is a looming issue in the United States as the rate of Black maternal deaths is 3-4 times higher than the average rate for White women. Research establishes that this is a multifaceted issue of care quality, preexisting health, biases and racism, and structural inequalities. This study aims to discuss the statistics, contributing factors, and possible solutions to the issue of Black maternal mortality. Specifically, this study aims to educate nursing students on the matter and test the implications an educational session has on knowledge about Black maternal mortality and how health care professionals can be part of the solution. It is hypothesized that an educational session will increase nursing students’ knowledge of Black maternal mortality and proposed resolutions. A pre-test was given, then an educational session was presented over Zoom, and finally participants were asked to take a post-test. Results were statistically analyzed using a paired t-test. The results showed an increase in scores from the pre- test to the post-test therefore indicated that knowledge of Black maternal mortality after attending the educational session increased.