Seminar Series – Identifying and Assessing Barriers to Equitable Postpartum Sterilization

Monday, Feb 24, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed 2117
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Fifty percent of women with Medicaid who desire postpartum sterilization are unable to receive one, and almost half of these women become pregnant in the subsequent year. Using normative, qualitative, and quantitative observational analyses, Dr. Arora investigates this disparity between women with private versus Medicaid insurance that exists, in part, due to federal policy aimed at reducing coercion and enhancing informed consent. Balancing ethical goals and clinical evidence, she advocates for policy change that is evidence-based and just.

Kavita Shah Arora is an Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, as well as a practicing general obstetrician/gynecologist at MetroHealth Medical Center. She received her BS with a minor in Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2009, she graduated with both an MD from Jefferson Medical College and a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 2013. She has served on the national ethics committees of both the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Arora is primarily based at MetroHealth Medical Center as a practicing general ob/gyn and also serves as the Department’s Director of Quality. She is also a staff gynecologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA. She currently serves on the Governing Council for the Young Physicians Section of the American Medical Association, as Vice Chair of the ethics committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities. Her research interests include reproductive ethics, disparities surrounding postpartum contraception and sterilization, patient-centered quality of care, and ethics education.