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Yale has one of the oldest midwifery programs in the United States. This section describes our educational and research efforts to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care worldwide.

Midwifery at Yale

The Nurse Midwifery Specialty prepares students as competent midwives who provide family-centered primary health care. Relevant research and concepts from nursing, midwifery, medicine, and the sciences provide a base for clinical practice and primary care.

Midwifery Faculty

The Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice collaborates with the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to provide interdisciplinary education to midwifery students, medical students, and OB/GYN residents.

midwifery, n:

Skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for  the childbearing women or person, newborn infants and families across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of life. Core characteristics include optimizing normal biological, psychological, social and cultural processes of reproduction and early life, timely prevention and management of complications, consultation with and referral to other services, respecting  individual circumstances and views, and working in partnership with individuals to strengthen their own capabilities to care for themselves and their families.