Risk, Medicalisation and Obstetric Interventions

  • Wed 18 Jan 23

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Andrea Tilstra

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Sociology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Laurie James-Hawkins

Join the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship for an insightful seminar with Andrea Tilstra.

Andrea Tilstra is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, and a Non-stipendiary Research Fellow at Nuffield College. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder. In her work, she identifies the health consequences of policy changes, institutional practices, and large public health crises, revealing how these trends either exacerbate or equalise existing health inequalities. In 2023, she will start a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship, titled “HealthShocks” (Population Health and Period Shocks), to further this line of inquiry. 

Pregnancy and childbirth can be precarious experiences in the United States healthcare system. There is a fear of malpractice litigation among U.S. healthcare professionals, contributing to medical care that seeks avoid risky situations (i.e., “risk-averse”). This, in turn, contributes to higher rates of medical monitoring of pregnancy and obstetric interventions in the U.S., compared to its peer nations. Yet, the adoption of these medical practices is not uniform across racial/ethnic groups, and instead prioritise the perceived needs of the white childbearing population. In this talk, I’ll discuss (1) how the risk-averse environment emerged in U.S. medical care, (2) how it is encouraged by medical and financial institutions, and (3) how the racialised implementation of risk-averse behavior has consequences for trends in obstetric outcomes. 

This webinar is part of an open webinar series, hosted by CISC. To discover more please visit the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship and follow the Centre on Twitter.



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