Speaker: Michelle Collins, PhD, CNM, Associate Professor of Nursing, Director, Nurse-Midwifery Education program, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Though most Americans assume that obstetrical care in the United States is probably the best, or close to best, in the world, that couldn’t be further from the reality. Maternal-child health statistics in the U.S. are among some of the lowest in the world. For every dollar spent on maternity care in other countries, we in the U.S. spend 3 dollars – yet we have outcomes that are among the lowest of industrialized countries. What makes other countries have better outcomes in pregnancy and birth? One main reason is that in a majority of countries, midwives provide the pregnancy, labor and birth care. Hear about the history of midwifery, from ancient times to today, as well as their present role in society. Also learn about the implications of the medical model of care on American women and babies.
Dr. Collins has spent her career in the field of maternal-child health, first as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, and pediatric nurse, then as a certified nurse-midwife. She practices clinically in the faculty nurse-midwifery practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as well as being program director for the nurse-midwifery program, and teaching in the nurse-midwifery education program.