Hey there.

My name is Ashley Nguyen, and I’m working on a reporting project about maternal health as part of the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University. The fellowship concludes in May 2021, and I'll be looking for a full-time reporting or editing position.

I earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, and my thesis focused on Medicaid reimbursement for birth doulas in Washington state. Before grad school, I was a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post. At The Post, I collaborated with a team of designers and editors to launch The Lily, a publication that elevates women’s voices. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, I have plenty of experience getting lost, stumbling through conversations in Russian and politely refusing mutton and vodka.

Recent stories

The state of doula care

How the role of doulas intersects with private and public insurance, race, socioeconomic status and policy

Some big companies are starting to cover the cost of doulas. Will others follow?

CVS Health and Microsoft are among the employers covering doula care