Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Primary Minor

Leadership Studies

Program Director

Andrea Boyle, PhD, FNAP

Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris PhD, RN


This paper will review existing research regarding the importance of prenatal healthcare. The research included covers the barriers existing to pregnant mothers and the consequences these barriers pose for mothers and babies with prenatal care that is unobtainable or undesired. This paper will also review current interventions that have provided under-served mothers with the resources they need to better ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Research analyzing mother’s attitudes and beliefs regarding prenatal care will be addressed in addition to how these beliefs may attribute to the health outcomes of their babies. Finally, this paper will include my own research study conducted to gain further insight on the impact of certain barriers on mother’s ability to access prenatal care.

Key words: access, barriers, neonatal health outcomes, prenatal care