Helen Varney Burst, CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon), FACNM, is Professor of Nursing at Yale University School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Specialty. She has served as a nurse-midwifery program director at the University of Mississippi, Medical University of South Carolina, and Yale University.
Genealogic Origins of Nurse-Midwifery Education Programs in the United States
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2003 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 48, Issue 6, pages 464–472, November-December 2003
How to Cite
Burst, H. V. and Thompson, J. E. (2003), Genealogic Origins of Nurse-Midwifery Education Programs in the United States. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 48: 464–472. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(03)00348-9
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- midwifery history
This article presents a genealogy of all known basic and refresher nurse-midwifery education programs enabling every CNM and CM to track their individual lineage back to Hattie Hemschemeyer or Mary Breckinridge. Feeling connected to our founding foremothers increases our understanding of who we are and what our commitment is to the families we serve. Genealogy also gives us an opportunity to reflect on the early history and continuing historical trends of our education programs.