Improving Birth Outcomes: Shifting the Narrative

by Camelia Singletary, MPH 

William Moore doula podcast

William Moore is a Health Educator with Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, who was recently named as one of the 40 Under 40 in Public Health by the de Beaumont Foundation. Moore is one of the first men in Minnesota to be certified as a birth attendant and breastfeeding educator and was selected for the national recognition for his work to reduce racial and health disparities through the Doula Dads initiative and the Club Dad program. Doula Dads is an offshoot of Public Health’s work through the Ramsey County Birth Equity Community Council to reduce infant mortality rates in the African American community. William Moore doula podcast

Mr. Moore received his degree in history and political science from Concordia University. He ventured into community health work afterwards by working with after-school and outreach programs, as well as working as an emotional/behavioral disability paraprofessional in local elementary schools. He also piloted a program that provided resources to African American students before, during, and after school in order to aid in closing the educational achievement gap. Eventually this segued into working for the Ramsey County YMCA where his implementation of healthy eating and physical activity initiatives led to opportunities to become a policy advocate for his state. William Moore doula podcast

I had the opportunity to talk with William Moore about his career path, his work as a male doula, gender attitudes regarding birth work, and much more. Listen to our conversation below.

Music presented in this program comes from The Gentle Art of Squinting by Taylor Arnold and Jordan Wilson. Listen to the complete album here. Cover art by Shawna Arnold.

Read more information about William Moore and the additional work that he has done here.

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William Moore doula podcast

Camelia Singletary

Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies.