Black at the OBGYN: Rhetorics of Race in Women’s Health Care



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This dissertation spotlights the lived and inherited experiences of Black women as they navigate engagements with obstetricians, gynecologists, and other women’s health care providers in conjunction with a rhetorical analysis of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Relying on rhetorical analysis and situated within a Black feminist epistemological standpoint, this study examines interviews with Black women who have had negative experiences in women’s health care, often specifically with an OBGYN. The insights gained from those interviews provide an entry toward better understandings of the way rhetorical constructions of race shape interactions between Black women and their health care providers. Comparing those insights with the rhetorical constructions of race used in OBGYN research, this dissertation argues for more research based in a social constructivist perspective and offers the opportunity to learn from Black women’s experiential knowledge in dialogic renegotiations of the meaning of race and its role in health and wellness.



Health Communication, Health Equity, Maternal Health, Respect, Rhetoric