Suzanne StallsDirector of Global Outreach
Suzanne Stalls is Director of the Department of Global Outreach for ACNM. Her proudest accomplishment is raising three wonderful young adults. It was the experience of giving birth and parenting which first drew her to midwifery. During the past 25 years, Suzanne has worked extensively throughout the world in the fields of reproductive health; program design, implementation and management; community development and technical assistance; and education and training. During this time she has maintained an active clinical practice of midwifery, working at birth centers, homes, and in the hospital. From 1995–2010, she was the service director for a practice she founded which employs eleven CNMs, attending 1,200 births per year with a diverse patient population. She was a member of ACNM’s nominating committee from 2006–2009 and chair of the International Health Committee from 2009 until its merger with the Division of Global Health in 2010.
Stalls’ professional work includes providing technical assistance as a consultant to community-based organizations in economic development and community mobilization. She has developed curricula aimed to create sustainability and expertise within formal and non-formal programs for community and health workers in the United States and internationally. She has conducted needs assessments and designed monitoring and evaluation for programs targeting maternal and neonatal mortality. Her expertise in program design and organizational ability is diverse and can be exemplified by a number of different projects: development of perinatal programs in a remote area of the Navajo reservation of New Mexico; training health workers in Asia, Africa, and South America in basic life-saving obstetric skills; and designing curriculum which integrates community development and land restoration with HIV education and gender equity training. Her current position involves development of technical proposals, program management, implementation, and monitoring. She has worked in Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Honduras, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Zambia, India, and Kenya.