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Kayleigh A. Meighan

Ph.D. Student


I am a PhD student interested in biocultural medical anthropology and mixed methods approaches as they apply to the study of maternal and infant health. My research interests lie more specifically in the overmedicalization of childbirth, health disparities, the postpartum period, and social and structural barriers in access to care. I am passionate about the integration of community births into the US healthcare system, the stress-disease connection, and individual agency in health. My current research is looking at trends in co-sleeping in the US as well as cross-culturally with the goal of creating more informed and safe practices of co-sleeping.