Elaine GermanoSenior Education Policy Advisor
Elaine has served as senior education policy advisor, and before that as education projects manager, for ACNM since July 2007. She has also served in numerous volunteer positions during her professional career, including vice-chair of the Division of Research, chair of the Nominating Committee, site visitor for ACME, section chair for the former Division of Women’s Health Policy and Leadership, as well as chapter chair and chairs of a variety of chapter committees. She received her midwifery certificate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked as a midwifery preceptor and faculty member and served as program director for nurse-midwifery education programs at the University of Southern California and at Georgetown University. She worked for many years as a regional public health director for the New Mexico Department of Health, but always maintained a part-time position in clinical practice. She continues to do so, working one day per week as a clinician in a family planning clinic. Elaine’s first undergraduate degree was in Comparative Religions, and she decided to become a midwife after graduation while living in Berkeley when the homebirth movement was taking off. While in nursing school at Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, she worked as a midwife assistant at the brand new Childbearing Center of the Maternity Center Association, New York’s first freestanding birth center. Upon graduating from nursing school, she worked both as a labor and delivery nurse in a small community hospital that employed midwives and as an assistant to a CNM homebirth practice. She has always loved being a midwife and is excited to be championing this profession to aspiring midwives.