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Starting a Midwifery Program at an HBCU

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The final part of our informational series focuses on developing a midwifery education program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This informational session will be held Wednesday, November 8 from 12- 1:30 pm for HBCU representatives and others interested in starting a midwifery education program. This session will provide an in-depth breakdown of different midwifery pathways and important insights into starting and maintaining a midwifery education program. Our panelists will highlight funding, curriculum, staffing requirements, their experiences working in academia, and more!

Kim Q. Dau, MS, CNM, FACNM

Speaker(s) Bio
Kim Q. Dau, MS, CNM, FACNM (she/her) has been the Director of the UCSF Nurse-Midwifery Education Program since 2014. She is co-lead of the Midwifery Mentoring and Belonging Program, which coordinates mentoring opportunities for BIPOC students and BIPOC midwives. Her current clinical practice is at San Francisco General Hospital.

Jennifer Woo, Ph.D., CNM/WHNP, FACNM

Speaker(s) Bio
Jennifer Woo, Ph.D., CNM/WHNP, FACNM (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University. In 2017, she received her Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University, Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked as a full-scope certified nurse-midwife providing maternal-child health care in underserved patient populations. Dr. Woo is also a recognized fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

She currently teaches in the doctoral and master's programs. Her research interests include health disparities, vitamin D in pregnancy, symptoms of pregnancy, and biobehavioral research in underserved populations.

Angela Smith, Executive Director, The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, FACNM

Speaker(s) Bio
Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, FACNM's (she/her) professional career in midwifery has spanned over 15 years and includes health education consultancy, full-scope midwifery services in private, public, and military facilities, and clinical faculty advisory.

Nichole holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University. Her desire to listen to women was the motivation that led her to midwifery, a specialty she has practiced since 2005 after graduating from the Medical University of SC. Seeing herself as a partner in her patients’ health care, Nichole is passionate about working with women, individuals, and families to ensure safe and informed care. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted disease education/prevention and teen pregnancy, with a special interest in transgender care. Her passion for her community inspired her to open a home birth practice, Jamii Birth and Wellness Services, to be able to serve her community and work towards creating spaces for clients that want out of hospital birth.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Nichole loves coastal living. She is the mother of two daughters and has one fur baby as well. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, knitting, and exploring different cultures.

Linda Janet Holmes

Speaker(s) Bio
Linda Janet Holmes, writer and former Director of the New Jersey Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, is a women’s health activist dedicated to supporting the Birthing Justice Movement. Her most recent book, Safe in a Midwife’s Hands: Birthing Traditions from Africa to the American South, focuses on the practices of Black midwives whose holistic approaches are essential counterbalances to a medical system that routinely fails Black mothers and babies. Her previous book co-authored with Margaret Charles Smith, Listen To Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife, is a recognized best seller on midwifery practices. The author’s work focusing on recognizing historic Black midwifery practices began decades ago when she served on the faculty of the nurse-midwifery program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. This long-time resident of East Orange, New Jersey now lives in Hampton, Va. where she continues to document and celebrate the contributions of historic Black midwives.

Sascha James-Conterelli, DNP, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, FNYAM

Speaker(s) Bio
Sascha James-Conterelli, DNP, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, FNYAM is a proud Cruzan; born on St. Croix, U.S.V.I. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from Howard University and her master's in midwifery and doctorate from New York University. She has been a practicing midwife since 2002. Dr. James-Conterelli’s professional journey has been unique and broad reaching with practice settings in both the public and private sectors. In 2005, she added political advocacy and policy to her clinical work opening the door to many exciting opportunities for advocacy of midwives to be recognized as invaluable stakeholders in perinatal care. These experiences cemented her idea of the importance of education which led to her transition to full-time professor in 2014 while maintaining clinical practice.

Dr. James-Conterelli is a past president of ACNM’s New York State affiliate; New York Midwives (NYM/NYSALM). Nationally, she served on the CDC Maternal Mortality Review (MMRIA) taskforce. She currently serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Using MMRIA to Document Discrimination and Racism (UMDDR) Working Group. She is also secretary of the ACNM Foundation and Chair, Fellows Board of Governors.

In her home state of New York, she worked to assist in the development of perinatal regionalization for New York State, co-chaired former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities Task Force as well as a member of New York State’s Maternal Mortality Steering Committee and New York State Maternal Mortality Review Board. Dr. James-Conterelli also served as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 Maternity Task Force.

November 8, 2023
Wed 12:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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