Maternal Mental Health and Keetoowah Women: Past, Present, and Future

American Indian/Native American (AI/NA) women experience postpartum depression (PPD) at a disproportionate rate. Poor transportation services and systems increase the risk of PPD prevalence in AI/NA populations, particularly since those in more rural areas have a marked deficit in reliable, safe, and affordable transportation. Little research exists exploring the specific experiences of Native women during the postpartum period relating transportation barriers and use to their culture, birthing and mothering expectations, and self-sufficiency This proposed dissertation research uses qualitative inquiry to explore how historical marginalization has impacted transportation use, access, mobility, and mental health. The long-term goal of this research is to offer insights and an innovative approach to informing future interventions for AI/NA mothers, particularly those in rural locations. This proposed project targets mothers from a specific tribe, the Keetoowah, to evaluate postpartum experiences by using narrative story-building to interview 10-15 recent mothers. This project aimed to explore unique risk and protective factors relating to postpartum mental health such as transportation and self-sufficiency barriers. Additionally, one specific aim of the proposed project includes creating a cohesive thematic representation of Keetoowah mothers’ stories regarding their postpartum experiences through qualitative analysis.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $15000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
  • Principal Investigators:

    Maxwell, December

  • Start Date: 20191201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200515
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01724689
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC-1367
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 5 2019 6:00PM