Janet Scoggin completed her nurse-midwifery training at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky in 1985. She had her own midwifery practice in the Phoenix area for many years, doing both home and hospital births. In 1995 she received her PhD in Sociology from Arizona State University. She is on the faculty of the College of Nursing at that same school, directing the Women's Health Care Practitioner program.
The Historical Relationship of Nurse-Midwifery with Medicine
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 49–52, January-February 1997
How to Cite
Scoggin, J. (1997), The Historical Relationship of Nurse-Midwifery with Medicine. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 49–52. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(96)00068-7
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2010
This historical review of the literature highlights the struggles that American nurse-midwifery has undergone in defining itself to the medical profession. Because nurse-midwifery came into existence in this country close on the heels of the demise of traditional midwifery, it had many prejudices to overcome. For many years, nurse-midwifery allied itself with nursing to gain power and acceptance from physicians. Now, however, there is a move toward independence as nurse-midwives are more visible and the effectiveness and safety of their practice have been established.