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January 16, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor senior’s research provides lift to expectant mothers in Kenya

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In rural Kenya, mothers-to-be face challenges shared by expectant mothers in underdeveloped nations around the globe, transportation chief among them. They know they need to get proper care, but getting to a clinic or hospital often proves too difficult.

Baylor senior Jolene Damoiseaux (pictured above), a biology major from the Houston area, met many of these women while traveling in Kenya with Baylor’s Straw To Bread organization. What she discovered led her to turn her Honors College thesis project into “Mothers on the Move,” an organization that provides transportation to expectant mothers who would otherwise have none.

Damoiseaux first began studying maternal mortality in a Baylor research and design class as a sophomore, sparking a passion to serve. Continue Reading →