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Monica R. McLemore

Assistant Professor of Family Health Care Nursing, Research Scientist, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
Areas of Expertise:
  • Reproductive Health
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Women

About Monica

McLemore's program of research is focused on understanding the factors that contribute to inequities in women’s reproductive health and justice. The goals of her research are threefold: 1) to improve patient outcomes, 2) to improve access to care, and 3) to improve patients’ experiences of their care. Reproductive Justice is an intersectional framework that posits individuals have a right to abortion, a right to parent, a right to parent the children they have, and a right to disassociate sex from reproduction. This framework is the roadmap that guides all of her research, which can be categorized into four content areas area, namely, interrogating the context and content of care, evaluating providers of care, determining baselines of quality care, and generating evidence to inform policies that impact care.

McLemore has been a licensed nurse since 1993 and maintains clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse at San Francisco General Hospital in the Women’s Options Center. She is also an elected member of the governing council for Population Reproductive and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association and a recipient of the 2015 teaching award from the American College of Nurse Midwives. McLemore was named one of the 6 Amazing Women in Reproductive Health by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and is the 2018 recipient of the Abortion Care Network's Person of the Year award.

Publications

"Evaluation of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project, a Community-Based Program to Decrease Recidivism in Previously Incarcerated Women" (with Darcy Stanley, Nicole Sata, and Julia Chinyere Oparah). Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 44, no. 6 (2015): 743-750.

Analyses how the East Bay Community Birth Support Project provides entry into the health professions for previously incarcerated women and enhances access to culturally appropriate doula support for low-income communities. Argues that program participants experienced an increase in empowerment, improved assessment of skills, and confidence in perceived ability to provide doula support.

"Nurses and Care of Women Seeking Abortions, 1971-2010" (with Amy J. Levi). Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing 40, no. 6 (2011): 672-677.

Argues that this review of the literature succinctly summarizes the role of nurses in the care of women seeking abortions and identifies gaps in the published literature where future investigation should occur.

"Women Know Best—Findings from a Thematic Analysis of 5,214 Surveys of Abortion Care Experience" (with Sheila Desai, Lori Freedman, Evelyn Angel James, and Diana Taylor). Women's Health Issues 24, no. 6 (2014): 594-599.

Reports patients’ experiences of their abortion care and provides individual and institutional factors that can improve those experiences.

"Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Expert Nurses in Abortion Care Provision" (with Amy J. Levi and E. Angel James). Contraception 91, no. 6 (2015): 474-479.

Finds several factors that contribute to successful nurse recruitment, retention, and career development in abortion care provision. Argues that all areas were significantly influenced by engagement in leadership activities and professional society membership. 

"Calculus Formation: Nurses' Decision-Making in Abortion-Related Care" (with Susan Cool and Amy J. Levi). Research in Nursing and Health 38 (2015): 222-231 .

Discusses the basis of a grounded theory that shows nurses use many facets of decision-making when determining their participation in abortion care provision. Presents this decision-making process calculus formation and describes its components.

"Radical or Routine? Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Physicians Assistants as Abortion Providers" (with Lori Freedman, Molly Frances Battistelli , and Caitlin Gerdts). Reproductive Health Matters 23, no. 45 (2015): 90-92.

Presents the argument that allowing advanced practice clinicians to perform early aspiration abortion was not a radical act, but routine for well trained clinicians and consistent with the skills they already possess in caring for women.

In the News

Monica R. McLemore quoted in Nicole Knight, "Pro-Choice Advocates Hit Back against Abortion ‘Reversal’ Deceit" Rewire, February 2, 2018.
Monica R. McLemore quoted in Sammy Caiola, "California Nurse Puts Face on Billboards to Push Back against 'Abortion Reversal' Science" Capitol Public Radio, February 8, 2018.
Monica R. McLemore quoted on the effect of blocking Title X funding from Planned Parenthood in Alexandra Villarreal, "House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood" NBC Washington, February 17, 2017.
Monica R. McLemore's research on reproductive health discussed in Mona Shattell. Monica R. McLemore, "Missouri shreds academic freedom," Huffington Post, November 13, 2015.
Monica R. McLemore's research on patient care discussed in Bobbie Berkowitz. Monica R. McLemore, "Examining What's at Stake: The Supreme Court, Nurses and Abortion Care Provision," Huffington Post, February 22, 2016.
Monica R. McLemore's research on abortion discussed in Mona Shattell. Monica R. McLemore, "Nurses Oppose Political Interference in Reproductive Health Care," Huffington Post, March 2, 2016.