The purpose of the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG:
1. To advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
2. To enhance the careers of nurse scientists conducting research in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
3. To promote collaborations among nurse scientists in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
4. To encourage nursing students with interests in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions to become nurse scientists
Who Should Join?
The Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG is comprised of diverse nurse researchers and nursing students from the Midwest and beyond. Research interests in this section include but are not limited to women’s health throughout the lifespan, transitions associated with childbearing (e.g., antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care; breastfeeding; early parenting), and women-related health care policy.
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Meet the RIG Leadership for 2020 – 2021
Alexandra Nowak, JD, BSN
Pam Wadsworth, PhD, RN
Emily Jones, PhD
Dalia Kahlil, PhD, RN
Juile Vignato, PhD
Diana Schadewald DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC
Susan Vonderheid, PhD, RN
2020-2021 RIG Awards
The 2020-2021 RIG Awards Nominations are now closed. Please be sure to attend the RIG Annual Meeting right before the 2021 Annual Research Conference in March 2021 for the announcement of RIG Award Winners.
Overall/Long Term Goals
- To increase membership in the RIG and get members’ research findings distributed
- Current members to invite their colleagues to join the RIG
3 Year Goals
- To advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
- To enhance the careers of nurse scientists conducting research in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
- To promote collaborations among nurse scientists in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
- To encourage nursing students with interests in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions to become nurse scientist
Recent Activities/ Highlights
RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary
If you are interested in learning more about the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Women’s Health Childbearing RIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Women’s Health Childbearing RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference
Member in the Spotlight
December 2020: Dalia Khalil, PhD, RN
It is an honor to be invited to discuss my involvement with MNRS and how it facilitated the advancement of my research. I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. My research focuses on the impact of social stressors and acculturative stress on postpartum depressive (PPD) symptoms among immigrant women and father’s involvement, coparenting, and infant outcomes.
I first attended the MNRS Annual Research conference in 2014 while I was a PhD student at Wayne State University. I presented a poster titled “Postpartum Depression among Immigrant and Arabic Women: A Literature Review” in the Student Poster Section. In the first MNRS conference I have attended, I was impressed by the research presented and related to women’s health. I also attended the Women’s Health & Childbearing Research Interest Group. It was inspiring to meet nurse researchers and learn about the work they were doing. I have attended the MNRS research conferences every year since 2014 where I have presented my research progress and my new accomplishments. In each conference, I was excited to learn more by attending various presentations, meeting nurse scientists, and networking with the various institutions. In 2020, I became the chair-elect of the Women’s Health & Childbearing RIG. This was a wonderful opportunity to become involved with MNRS and develop my leadership skills.
After I earned my PhD degree and accepted my current assistant professor position at Wayne State University, I started a pilot study titled: “Effects of Parental Psychological Distress on Infant Stress and Development among Arab American Immigrants and Refugees” that was funded by the American Nursing Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Chapter, Dr. Judith Fry McComish and Philip A. McComish Endowed Research Award, and the Harriet H. Werley Faculty Research Award. In November 2020, my team and I earned funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for our R03 study entitled “Family Stress, Coparenting, and Infant Development among Immigrant Arab American Families”. In this R03 study, we will recruit 120 immigrant Arab American families (mother-father-infant triads) who migrated to the U.S. within 10 years and have infants 6-12 months old. We will examine the associations of family stress and family resources with infant stress and development.
My program of research is focusing on immigrant parents because of the multiple stressors that affect their lives. Understanding mechanisms through which migration-related stressors is imperative for articulating risk and protective factors influencing infant outcomes. My long-term goal is to guide the development of coparenting interventions to prevent the negative effects of family stress (maternal and paternal) on infant outcomes.
December 2020: Effy Zhiyuan Yu, PhD RN CNE
MNRS has been a crucial part of my research career. It is an honor for me to share my involvement in MNRS and how MNRS has helped to develop my research program. I attended my first MNRS conference in 2014 while I was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With the support of my mentor, I was fortunate to have an abstract accepted for a poster presentation in the Student Poster Section. It was my first time attending a nursing conference and it opened the door of nursing research for me. While at the conference, I was fascinated by the breadth and sophistication of research that nurses can do. It was also my first-time presenting research work. During my poster presentation, I was intrigued by the thoughtful questions nurse researchers asked and left felt motivated to pursue my PhD in nursing.
I have attended and presented at the MNRS conference every year since 2014. I am grateful for the opportunities that MNRS provides for learning from and connecting with other members of MNRS, especially during the Research Interest Group meetings. In 2016-2017, I also served as the Emerging Scholars Network liaison. This was a wonderful experience that has strengthened my involvement with MNRS and leadership skills.
My dissertation work examined immigrant women’s experiences of and social-psychological responses to postpartum distress. This dissertation work was made possible by the generous support of the MNRS/Joseph & Jean Buckwalter Grant. Receiving this grant not only enabled the completion of the project, but also an incredible affirmation for me as an early career researcher.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. My work now focuses on understanding how adverse and positive childhood experiences shape health across lifespan. I hope to continue my involvement with MNRS and the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG for connection, inspiration, and collaboration.