Empowering Teen Moms Marsha Rodney-Kusi, RN, RM | MPH Student Chamberlain University (?) | Oct 10, 2018 Using midwifery experience to empower expectant young mothers MPH Nurses Making an impact Marsha Rodney-Kusi’s, RN, RM, who is pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Chamberlain University immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in 2005 and joined her husband and son, who were living in Chicago, to follow her passion of travel nursing. She decided to further her education and completed Chamberlain’s RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option in August 2016. She has worked in the labor and delivery department at a Chicagoland hospital, caring for new and experienced mothers since February 2018. As she honed her skills and gained experience in obstetrics, she found herself wanting answers to the questions that frequently arose within the field and her day-to-day work. How could she empower expectant mothers with the education and motivation to care for their children, even prior to birth? How could she impact teen mothers’ lives? These questions led her to research a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with Chamberlain. “I have seen a number of trends with the women I’ve cared for at Westlake, specifically with teen mothers,” said Rodney-Kusi. “I wanted to serve the demographic I was seeing at the hospital – not necessarily just at the hospital itself, but also at the community level, and even within the adjoining community. While in the MPH program, Rodney-Kusi has focused her research on teenage pregnancies and teen mothers – hoping to give them the opportunity for full, rich lives. She plans to take her degree into public high schools so she can use education and preventative measures to give teen women opportunities to help prevent pregnancy and to care for their children. “Many [teen moms] tend to be in more volatile situations than the rest of us,” she said. “They’re experiencing this on their own and the support is not there for them. I’m looking to establish programs that can help some of the teenage mothers. We can help prevent them from going into difficult situations.” Rodney-Kusi began the MPH degree program in July 2017 in the accelerated track and will finish this September.