Eastern Michigan University
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Cynthia Gabriel, PhD, University of California--Santa Cruz, 2003


Areas of Expertise

Medical Anthropology, reproductive health, Russia, contemporary Inuit birth politics, African-American health disparities, language and culture, applied anthropology


Cynthia Gabriel (MA, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003) studied childbirth practices in Russia at a birth hospital in St. Petersburg and by following a homebirth midwife in Nizhni Novgorod. She is currently working on a research project with a team at University of Michigan and Wayne State focused on African-American women’s birth choices and experiences. Her work is particularly focused on pathways to improve dismal maternal and infant outcomes in this population based on qualitative data from interviews with women. She is the author of “Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds” (Harvard Common Press 2011), a book that arose out of interviewing over 200 women about their natural hospital birth experiences in Canada and the United States.