Carolynn A. DeSandre received a bachelor of arts in journalism (1998) from the University of Georgia and an associate's degree in nursing (1993) from Kennesaw State University. Since 1993, she has worked as a labor and delivery nurse while teaching childbirth education classes in the north metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. At the time this paper was written, she was enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she specialized in the family nurse practitioner and the nurse-midwifery programs. She obtained a master's degree in nursing in December 1999 and now aspires to provide holistic and complete health care and health promotion services to women throughout the life cycle.
Midwives As Primary Care Providers
Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2011
2000 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 81–83, January-February 2000
How to Cite
DeSandre, C. A. (2000), Midwives As Primary Care Providers. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 45: 81–83. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(99)00031-8
- Issue online: 26 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2011
Historically, primary health care services for women have been vastly inadequate. It was not until 1990, when the National Institutes of Health established the Office of Research on Women's Health, that the United States began to acknowledge the importance of providing primary care services to women. Even today, women continue to be a greatly underserved population when it comes to primary health care services. Midwives are ideal providers of health promotion services for women because their entire philosophy of care centers on the promotion of women's health throughout the lifecycle.