Christine Morton

Research Sociologist | Program Manager

Christine Morton is a medical sociologist at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) at Stanford University where she conducts research on maternal mortality and morbidity and has co-led expert task forces on translating the findings into CMQCC’s maternal quality toolkits. She is co-investigator on research projects focused on measuring and identifying drivers for racial/ethnic disparities among very low birth weight babies cared for in California neonatal intensive care units. Using innovative qualitative and mixed methods, Dr. Morton explores and analyzes the social meanings of maternal health quality among all stakeholders. Her speaking and writing connects her to nursing, obstetric, midwifery, doula, public and social science audiences. Her book, Birth Ambassadors: Doulas & the Re-emergence of Woman-Supported Childbirth in America, documents the history and experience of the doula role in US maternity care and is on the required reading list for DONA International. She is the founder of, an international listserv with over 600 subscribers, mostly social scientists who study reproductive/maternal practices, policies and ideologies. Dr. Morton was a co-chair of the National Partnership Maternal Safety workgroup on Patient, Family and Staff Support after a Severe Maternal Event and serves on the Board of Directors of Hawa's Hope and WhamGlobal. She is married to an internet sociologist and they have a son and a daughter, ages 23 and 18, who were born safe and healthy thanks to great teamwork between midwives, doulas and obstetricians.