Carrie Foote, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, where she teaches courses on the sociology of health and illness, particularly HIV/AIDS, and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on the social aspects of having children and parenting in the context of HIV. As a woman who has been living with HIV for nearly 25 years, she has personally dealt with challenges around having children and parenting and has witnessed others’ similar struggles and joys and has long been committed to both researching these issues and engaging in advocacy efforts around the reproductive and sexual rights of the HIV afflicted. Professor Foote has served on numerous HIV clinical, care and prevention advisory boards in Indiana and helped found the Indiana Family AIDS Network. She recently was appointed to the US NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2002.
It is critical that the barriers facing women in relation to accessing supportive peri-natal services are fully understood and addressed including structural drivers such as poverty, gender-based violence from partners, in-laws and neighbours, and property and inheritance rights loss. If we do not address these issues, we can not “save the babies.”