The Shenandoah University Midwifery Initiative: A Model for Midwifery Education


  • Juliana van Olphen Fehr CNM, PhD

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    • Juliana van Olphen Fehr, CNM, PhD, FACNM, is co-founder and Coordinator of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, and is the founder of the Midwifery Initiative.

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There has been a significant decline in the number of nurse-midwifery education programs in the United States in the past decade. This decline presents a challenge as the profession seeks to respond to the Pew Foundation's call to increase access to midwifery care in the United States. Collaborative arrangements between universities that house nurse-midwifery programs and other universities in the region could be an effective strategy to increase access to nurse-midwifery education, thereby increasing access to nurse-midwifery care.