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ERIC Number: EJ985125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-2
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Special Deliveries: Certified Nurse-Midwifery Programs Lacking in New England
Franzosa, Alyssa
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jul 2012
With Boston serving as a hub of both educational and medical excellence, it's no wonder that New England has a high reputation to uphold in both of these areas. However, Boston and the rest of the region lack a specific degree program that is putting New England below the radars of potential midwives. Certified nurse-midwifery is a popular field with registered nurses seeking higher education who wish to have a larger role in managing prenatal patient care than they would as labor and delivery nurses. Expectant mothers are also showing interest in using the midwife model for a more holistic method of perinatal care than they might get with the traditional obstetric approach. But New England, home to more than 250 colleges and universities, offers this degree in only two places: (1) a satellite program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts (in which the degree-granting institution is Philadelphia University); and (2) Yale University. With the nation focused intensely on the cost of healthcare, it would be beneficial for New England to train and employ nurse-midwives, who have proven to provide clinically competent perinatal care to women at a lower price. So why don't New England's colleges and universities see the potential in educating certified nurse-midwives? If there's interest and support from the midwifery community, it seems like the decision would be an easy one. Unfortunately, programs in the region have found that it's not that simple. Despite the fact that a school gets inquiries from interested students, a master's program in nurse-midwifery is an expensive program to run and without the proper funding it just isn't feasible.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts