OTD Capstone Projects


This doctoral capstone project was completed through a partnership with Nurses for Newborns, a nonprofit organization that sends registered nurses to the homes of families who have a greater risk of infant mortality. By delivering prenatal/postnatal care, education, infant developmental assistance, educational resources, community resources, and facilitating long-term plans with the families, Nurses for Newborns takes active measures to prevent child abuse, neglect, and infant mortality. This project was driven by the organization’s need to increase engagement, participation, and learning outcomes by their teen mother clientele. The primary focus of this project was to create a client-specific booklet to promote role development, occupational balance, and support care for healthy development of both teen mothers and their infants. In order to understand what their teen clients’ needs are, a pre-survey was given to the nurses who work with the teen clienteles, as well as several interviews with teen mothers not affiliated with Nurses for Newborns. In addition to the educational booklet, a nursing protocol was created and given to the nurses to introduce the new teen education booklet, guided activities the nurses can do to facilitate learning with their teen clients, and techniques to use with their teen clients to establish rapport for increased engagement

Publication Date

Spring 4-4-2022

Faculty Mentor

Elena Espiritu


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type



Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


teen pregnancy, teen education, teen learning, occupational therapy, prenatal education, postnatal education, development