THE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE TRAINING PROJECT—AN ALTERNATIVE FOR TRAINING MIDWIVES

Authors

  • Ruth Stark FNP, MHS,

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    • Ruth Stark, FNP, NHS, was formerly the Director of Women's Health Care Training Project and a member of the faculty of the Stanford-Foothill Primary Care Associate Program. She is presently setting up a similar course for family nurse practitioners and midwives in Botswana, Africa

  • Rosemary Mann CNM, MS,

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    • Rosemary Mann, MS, CNM, is currently the Intrapartum Coordinator and Nurse-Midwifery Director of the Women's Health Care Training Project. She received her BSN from Case Western University in 1965; MS and Certificate of Nurse Midwifery from Columbia University in 1970; and is enrolled in law school at University of San Francisco

  • Jeanne Flyntz DeJoseph CNM, PhD,

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    • Dr. DeJoseph is a CNM (University of Utah, 1975) with a PhD in Health Sciences, specializing in Women's Health (University of Utah, 1977). She is a faculty member in the Women's Health Care Training Project, as well as Assistant Director of Nursing at Stanford University Hospital

  • Margaret Emery CNM, MS

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    • Margaret Emery, MS, CNM, is a Nurse Consultant in Maternal Child Health for the State of California, with extensive experience in the provision of community-based perinatal services.


Program Director, Women's Health Care Training Project, Stanford University Medical Center, 703 Welch Road, Suite F-1, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

ABSTRACT

The Women's Health Care Training Project is a midwifery education program designed for Family Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Physician Assistants employed in publicly funded clinics in medically underserved areas of California. Developed through the collaborative effort of faculty of the Stanford university Medical Center-Foothill College Primary Care Associate Program and program consultants from the California State Department of Health Services, the program design permits the primary care practitioner to remain in her community during the student experience, traveling to Stanford for intensive didactic experiences and using local preceptor resources for clinical experience. This decentralized work-study model of education, which builds on the practitioner's skills in family medicine, expands the accessibility of additional midwifery education to students committed to practice settings in underserved areas. The American College of Nurse Midwives has given the registered nurse tract of the program preaccreditation status as an approved curriculum in nurse midwifery education.

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