Venus Standard, MSN, CNM, APRN, LCCE
I'm a native of New York City, where I owned a successful perinatal education practice, offering Lamaze childbirth education classes, prenatal massage, and labor doula services. Over the years, I added infant CPR and doula training.
I received a BSN from Duke University and an MSN in Midwifery from East Carolina University. I'm currently an Ass't Professor at the University of NC School of Medicine in the Family Medicine department, working with family medicine residents during their OB rotation, promoting the laboring person-centered-hands-off approach to managing labor.
From 2012 - 2016, I sat on the board of directors of Lamaze International. I'm the immediate past chair of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Diversity and Inclusion committee. I currently sit on the board of directors of the NC Perinatal Association and the AABC. I'm UNC's Family Medicine Interest Group co-chair, the Patient Advisory Council's co-chair, and the co-chair Advanced Practice Provider Education committee.
I serve on the Maternal Health Learning and Innovations Center advisory committee, the 4th Trimester Project, the NCMS Maternal and Infant Health summit planning committee, Family Medicine's Community Health Collaborative (CHC), and AABC nominating committee.
I've precepted UNC's Internship in Science and Health Training and Research (ISHTaR) program. A program designed to get high school students of color exposure in the medical field through the eyes of a provider of color. I've also precepted students in the Proyecto Puente de Salus (PPS) program. This program sponsors first-year medical students to rural areas of Mexico to perform medical assessments for the under privilege.
I am working on a grant funding opportunity that will be used to train black women from underserved and marginalized communities to be labor support doulas for other black women from that same community to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity in black women.