Does income have a direct correlation to women who express a higher fear of birth score?


Kecia Howard

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tishra Beeson (Public Health)


This presentation evaluates the impact of COVID-19, the current global pandemic, on pregnant mothers across the United States, and their experiences with preparing for birth. Fear of birth scores are an efficient way to analyze expectant mothers and their level of fear or worry as they prepare to give birth. Is there a relationship between household income and fear of birth scores, and are they significant? The methods for this research was based off of a survey, questionnaire and personal interviews. The data was then statistically analyzed further to show relationships within the data points. Income has correlations with the resources available to expectant mothers, as well as their perceived preparedness to handle a newborn baby. If income solidifies an expectant mothers preparedness for a newborn, how can healthcare assist with women who make less and have a low income? This study identifies subsections of income that women reported, and how that influences their fear of birth scores. From the data reported, suggestions were created to assist with expectant mothers. While this will be explored further, current analysis of the data provided has shown that income directly influences a women’s fear of birth scores. The coefficient in regards to fear of birth score one and two is -1.927 and -1.872, respectively. This means that as house hold income decreases, fear of birth score rises which aligns with the hypothesis and question. The significance was high, meaning that income with regards to fear of birth scores needs to be analyzed further. Keywords: Fear of birth, analyze, interpret


2 thoughts on “Does income have a direct correlation to women who express a higher fear of birth score?”

  1. Jordan Lancaster

    Great job on your presentation and displaying your study findings. The implications of your study are valuable for future programs or initiatives to help pregnant women during the pandemic. Though, I completely agree with you that more covariates may need to be accounted for when comparing data. Additionally, I really enjoyed your final recommendations and limitations. By utilizing a more diverse study population, a more accurate representation of the population can be accounted for. Overall, you did a great job!

  2. Kecia,
    Nice work on a topic unique to Covid and how that affects a vulnerable population.
    I’m interested to know why your fear of birth score was rated on a triple digit scale (0-100). Does having a greater range for the fear of birth rating scale have significance as opposed to a more traditional 0-10 type scale?

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