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Advanced Synthesis Option Studio

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

The Birthrights studio explored topics surrounding the issues related to maternal and infant health in the

City of Pittsburgh. As a part of this studio, students explored existing literature to understand the scope of

the issues related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods of parenthood, investigated current systems in

place within Pittsburgh, and met with birth professionals and advocates.


By mid-semester, students defined a project scope and proposed a project that addressed multiple opportunities that presented themselves

through the research phase of the semester. The second half of the semester was used to develop the proposals as well as continue with specific research related to the topics proposed.

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"Respire" by Elizabeth Levy. Community center, transforming indoor/outdoor physical activity facility in Clairton, PA, a community with historically poor air quality.

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"Designing Safety and Security for Abortion Providers and their Patients" by Alina Kramkova. 

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"Dignity and Continuous Support" by Rachel Baker. A community care center for pregnancy and postpartum support in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

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