Maternity Care in the United States: Problems and Proposals

Mar 7 2016 - 12:00pm
College of Nursing Room 470
Deborah Woolley, PhD, MPH, CNM, LCCE

Adjunct Professor & Course Designer
Simmons College School of Nursing
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Woolley is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) with a focus on maternity care, particularly during the time of labor and birth. She has worked as an administrator, educator and clinician in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked in many public and private settings across the country, ranging from Cook County Hospital in Chicago to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; she has also volunteered as a midwife in a clinic in Antigua, Guatemala.

Dr. Woolley’s research is focused on using the fetal heart rate in labor as an indicator of fetal stress when various types of pushing are used. She has served as president of the board of directors of both Lamaze International and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). She is a co-author of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.

Currently serving as adjunct faculty for Simmons College School of Nursing, Dr. Woolley is teaching online courses for the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She will share thoughts about the issues dominating maternity care in the United States, and discuss ideas for improving both processes and outcomes through the delivery of advance practice nursing care.



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