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20 Midwives Inducted as Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (May 31, 2016)


May 31, 2016

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Members Honored with Prestigious Distinction

Silver Spring, MD - The American College of Nurse-Midwives
honored 20 midwives who have demonstrated leadership, clinical
excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement both within
and outside of the midwifery profession. A limited number of midwives are
selected for this highly coveted distinction and are inducted as fellows during
the ACNM Annual
Meeting & Exhibition
each year. Once inducted, a fellow is able to add "FACNM" to
their credentials.

2016 Fellows are:

Arbour (OH)


Megan Arbour is an associate professor of Clinical Nursing at the
University of Cincinnati in the women's health NP and nurse-midwifery programs.
Megan is most passionate about midwifery education, striving for a midwife for
every woman. Significant professional contributions include: innovating and
disseminating new teaching methods for midwifery students, chair of the ACNM
Master's Competencies for Midwifery Education Taskforce, that developed
educational competencies for master's level midwifery education programs, chair
of the ACNM Sleep and Safety Taskforce, currently investigating the issue of
sleep and its impacts on the midwifery profession, and section chair of the
Education Policy Section of the DOE.

Barroso (MN)


Rebeca Barroso has an extensive background in clinical midwifery
working with vulnerable women experiencing health disparities from multiple
cultural backgrounds. Barroso has practiced a full-scope midwifery practice for
over 20 years after 20 years of direct-entry midwifery practice. Assistant
professor at Frontier Nursing University, she is a preceptor and clinical
education coordinator for midwifery students, co-editor of Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change,
Edition (2016) and DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in
Practice (2015), ACNM's W. Newton Award winner (2011), and recipient of
Catholic Charities' Community Service Award (2008).

Carr (MA)


Kathryn Kravetz Carr is the Incoming Region I Representative to
the ACNM Board of Directors, and past president of the ACNM Massachusetts
Affiliate. She served as chair, vice-chair, student coordinator, and student
representative of the ACNM Government Affairs Committee. She was treasurer of
the Midwives-PAC, and, as ACNM's Medicare lobbyist, worked toward reimbursement
equity. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Kathryn attended
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and received her degree in midwifery and women's
health from the University of California, San Francisco. She practices
full-scope midwifery in Boston at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.

Christianson (CT)


Building on decades working with, and advocating for, women and
children, Andrea completed her midwifery education in 1999 and her MS in
midwifery in 2005. Dedicated to her sons, grandchildren and future generations,
her passion for gentle birth reflects a commitment toward a more peaceful,
inclusive, and non-violent society. To increase access to midwifery care,
particularly in the home and birth centers, she works to remove practice
barriers and increase respectful collaborations across all settings. Now
attending home births in CT she has been an ACNM volunteer at the state and national
level and is currently chair of the Home Birth Section.

Jenifer O. Fahey (MD)


Jenifer Osorno Fahey is assistant professor at the University of
Maryland School of Medicine where she serves as director of the Midwifery
Division. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health and an author of Varney's Midwifery, 5th Edition. She is
co-founder of PRONTO International - an NGO that provides simulation-based
emergency obstetric training internationally.
She helped create the blueprint for B'more for Healthy Babies, an
initiative to reduce infant mortality in Baltimore. She is active at the state
and national level with the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM)
and was recently appointed to be the ACNM representative to ACOG's Patient
Safety and Quality Improvement Committee.

L. Holley (TN)


Sharon L. Holley is an associate professor who teaches midwifery
and serves as director for the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Faculty
Nurse-Midwife Practice in Nashville, TN. She served on the ACNM Division of
Education and Quality committees, the ACOG/CDC National Partnership for
Maternal Safety, the ACNM Name Change Implications Task Force and the American
Nurses Association Nurse Fatigue Panel creating recommendations to reduce
fatigue and improve patient outcomes. She served on the ACNM Healthy Birth
InitiativeTM Reducing Primary Cesareans for Improving Care and Comfort in Labor.
She has published on clinical issues, midwifery education, and practice

Christina Johnson (MD)


Tina Johnson is director of Professional Practice and Health
Policy at ACNM, providing national leadership on policy affecting midwifery
practice and public health. She guides development of midwifery practice
standards, provides organizational and individualized consultation, and
represents midwives to the public. She is a published author, and has presented
domestically and internationally on clinical and professional issues. Appointed
to numerous ACNM task forces, Tina is a former Maryland affiliate chair,
legislative liaison, and practice director. She has attended over 1,000 births
in hospital, homes, and birth center settings. Tina is committed to educating
women and mentoring midwives, physicians, and nurses.

Kantrowitz-Gordon (WA)


Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon is an assistant professor and the
nurse-midwifery education program director at the University of Washington School
of Nursing. He has been a nurse-midwife since 1998, and practices full-scope
midwifery at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA. In addition to
teaching, Ira has research interests in preterm birth, mindfulness
interventions for high-risk pregnant women, and the impact of gender on
professional development. He has published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, JOGNN, and Qualitative
Health Research. He serves the ACNM on the Ethics Committee, Gender Bias Task
Force, Ultrasound Education Task Force, and Sleep & Safety Task Force.

Locke (NJ)


A midwife for over forty years, Linda has a career-long commitment
not only to midwifery and women's health, but also health disparities and the
intersection of health and mental health. Her experience includes: chief of
midwifery at teaching hospital, community hospital, FQHC and private practice,
and midwifery faculty. Currently president of the ACNM New Jersey Affiliate,
she has served on The ACNM D&I Taskforce, NJ BOME Midwifery Committee, NJ
Blue Ribbon Panel on Black Infant Mortality, and Board of NJ Coalition Against
Sexual Assault. She is the founding chair of the NJ Health Cares about Domestic
and Sexual Violence Collaborative, and holds positions in both midwifery and
social work.

O. Loftman (NY)


An avid advocate for women and babies, Pat Odette Loftman,
provided primary and reproductive care to women whose pregnancies were
complicated by chemical dependency and/or HIV Infection in 1985. Pat was chair
of the Women's Health/Clinical Care Group that led to Harlem Hospital Center
becoming the first World Health Organization Baby Friendly Hospital in NYC. Pat
has precepted midwifery students clinically, represented ACNM nationally on the
issue of domestic violence in the African American community and continues to
promote both the midwifery profession and ACNM through active participation on
various taskforces and committees. After 30 years at Harlem Hospital Center,
Pat retired in 2010.

McLaughlin (GA)


For 40 years, Denise McLaughlin has served as a member and
currently as director of Emory University's Nurse-Midwifery Service where she
has expanded the role of CNMs at Grady Health System. Through service to
organizations ranging from the March of Dimes to the Georgia Board of Nursing
Advisory Council, she has impacted the health of women and children.
Internationally, she played an integral role in improving maternal and
perinatal health in rural northwest Tanzania. She has been a trustee of the
ACNM Foundation since 2012.Denise has ensured the growth of the profession by
mentoring future generations of nurse-midwives.

Mettler (OH)


Gretchen has been a preceptor since 1986. In 1987 she was one of
two CNMs hired by University Hospitals of Cleveland. That practice now attends
over 1,200 births annually. Since 2014
she has directed the CenteringPregnancy Initiative. She has been the director
of the nurse-midwifery education program at Case Western Reserve University
since 2001. She has been very involved in the Northern Ohio chapter of ACNM,
serving in various leadership roles. She has been a site visitor for ACNM DOA
and ACME since 1998, on the ACME Board of Review, and is currently the chair of
the Board of Review.

L. Moore-Davis (TN)

CNM, PhD(c)

Tonia Moore-Davis earned her BSN from Johns Hopkins University,
and her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, she was recognized as
the ACNM Kitty Ernst "Young Whippersnapper" for her early career work in
faculty practice development and incorporation of midwives in medical
education. Tonia's national ACNM leadership has included service to the DOSP
and spearheading the ACNM Benchmarking Project. As faculty for Vanderbilt
University, she has been instrumental in curriculum redesign that incorporates
innovative teaching strategies. As a scholar, her research interests include
the use of mindfulness-based strategies in preterm birth risk reduction and
epigenetic influences on perinatal health.

Neumeier (Military)


COL Robin Neumeier received her BSN degree from Stephen F. Austin
State University, her MSN in midwifery from Medical University of South
Carolina, and currently a DNP student at Old Dominion University. Commission
from ROTC and has proudly served in the Army for the past 24 years. She has
served in a variety of roles both in Garrison and Deployed. Currently, she
serves as the deputy commander for nursing at Martin Army Community Hospital,
GA. Additionally, COL Neumeier is the American Midwifery Board of
Certification's chairperson for the Exam Committee and she serves as the deputy
consultant to the Surgeon General for the Army Midwives. Her passion is keeping
midwifery alive and active within the military facilities. Robin has been
married to Keith for 27 years with three lovely children.

Nicholson (GA)


Dr. Tonya Nicholson is the associate dean of Midwifery and Women's
Health for Frontier Nursing University. She has a rich history with FNU as a
midwifery, DNP, and WHNP graduate. Tonya served the women of central Florida as
director of a full scope practice from 2000-2006. She then joined the Frontier
faculty, subsequently assuming the role of program director and then associate
dean. Tonya is very interested in communication and civility at the individual
and institutional levels and focuses most of her scholarship in this area by
presenting at the regional and national level on the topics of civility,
communication, and clinical precepting.

Nixon (WV)


Having practiced full-scope midwifery in hospitals, clinics, and a
freestanding birth center, Angy became a small business owner in 2003,
specializing in physiologic birth at home. Active in the leadership of multiple
midwifery and nursing professional associations at the state and national
levels, Angy contributes to the work of the WV Perinatal Partnership to address
parent-child health, build collaborative networks, and engage in public policy
work. Angy enjoys mentoring new leaders (especially within the WV ACNM
Affiliate), promotes unity within midwifery, precepts students from multiple
disciplines, takes a special interest in diversity and inclusion projects, and
participates in benchmarking.

Paul (MA)


A graduate from FSMFN for MSN and DNP, in 2015 Julie Paul
developed and implemented Early Labor Bundle which includes 20-week toolkit,
early labor education series, Early Labor Lounge and LABOR STEPs. She is the
lead CNM for Reducing Primary Cesarean (RPC) national collaborative and
developed and implemented the QI project that compared the use of midwives in
Obstetrical Triage versus the standard care of obstetricians and midwives. This
QI project demonstrated decreased length of stay as well as increased satisfaction
with care. The results were published in JMWH as well as utilized for the
creation of a Midwife Laborist Program at South Shore Hospital, Weymouth

Shaw-Battista (CA)


Dr. Shaw-Battista is an expert clinician and educator who aims to
increase humanistic health care and optimal outcomes through workforce
development. Her research examines midwifery and collaborative care models, and
physiological birth promotion, to improve public health, access and equity. She
is director of the Master's Entry Program in Nursing at the University of
California, Davis and immediate past director of the CNM/WHNP program at the
University of California, San Francisco. She is an active founding member of
the ACNM Hydrotherapy Working Group and cares for families at Sutter Davis
Hospital and CommuniCare Health Centers, Inc. in Yolo County, CA.

Sullivan (AZ)


Letitia Sullivan knew from an early age she would be a health care
provider for women and their infants. Letitia's experiences range from the care
of women from adolescents to senior women full scope care. As a clinical
preceptor helping to educate the next generation of caregivers, she ensured
they witnessed the midwifery model of care. She has held leadership roles both
in the professional arena and as a volunteer. As president of the ACNM
Affiliate in Massachusetts, she worked to support legislation that would
provide licensed independent practice status to midwives. Letitia continues her
support for midwifery through her role as legislative support person for the
Arizona ACNM Affiliate and as chairperson of the ACNM's Annual Meeting Program
Committee for the past four years.

A. Winningham (IN)


Dr. Winningham has been a CNM for 24 of her 32 years as a nurse,
having graduated from the first CNEP class at Frontier. She established the
first nurse-midwifery education program in Indiana, and coordinates both the
nurse-midwifery and WHNP tracks and is assistant professor for the Masters and
DNP programs at U of Indy. Barb is a consultant for Centering Healthcare
Institute, and incorporates Centering Pregnancy in her clinical practice. She
was the first CNM to be granted privileges at 2 Indianapolis hospitals. Leading
mission trips to the Dominican Republic is her passion. She is former secretary
and current treasurer of DOME, and has served as ACNM chapter chair for 2
terms. Dr. Winningham has been honored with the ACNM Regional Award for
Excellence and the ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award.


For more information, please contact
Ashley West, ACNM media relations & social media specialist
240-485-1856 or via email at
[email protected].

The American College of Nurse-Midwives
(ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives
(CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes
excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots
dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the
lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and
reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes
continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and
creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to
increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

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