Antibias Efforts in United States Maternity Care: A Scoping Review of the Publicly Funded Health Equity Intervention Pipeline

Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Mar 1;66(1):110-123. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000761. Epub 2022 Dec 26.


Antibias training is increasingly identified as a strategy to reduce maternal health disparities. Evidence to guide this work is limited. We conducted a community-guided scoping review to characterize new antibias research. Four of 508 projects met our criteria: US-based, publicly funded, initiated from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022, and featuring an intervention to reduce bias or racism in maternal health care providers. Training was embedded in multicomponent interventions in 3 projects, limiting its evaluation as a stand-alone intervention. Major public funders have sponsored few projects to advance antibias training research in maternal health. More support is needed to develop a rigorous and scalable evidence base.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Equity*
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health
  • Maternal Health Services*
  • Pregnancy
  • United States